Casino Slot Machine Petition Implemented
A petition asking Ohio voters to legalize slot-machines in Broadway Commons, within a new 300-room hotel, was delivered to the state Attorney General?s office here this afternoon. Like three previously filed constitutional amendments, today?s calls for nearly 35,000 slot machines ? or up to 3,500 apiece ? at seven existing horse tracks, two new gambling sites in Cleveland as well as at a hotel at Broadway Street and Reading Road in Cincinnati.
Rick Brunner, a Columbus elections law attorney, submitted the latest constitutional amendment, with more than 2,000 signatures attached ? mostly from Hamilton County ? to the Attorney General?s office for approval. All of the petitions for a Nov. 7 vote face many legal and financial obstacles ? as well as organized opposition. Ohio law requires at least 1,000 valid signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. Once ballot language is approved, and signatures verified, the next step is to collect 323,000 signatures of registered voters statewide by an Aug. 9 deadline.