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Atlantic City casinos run voter registration drive

3 October 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Casinos learned a painful lesson in politics when New Jersey's government shutdown forced them to close their doors for three days last year, costing them more than $50 million in revenue.

"With the shutdown still a bitter memory, the gaming industry has launched a voter registration drive to unite its employees in a powerful voting bloc for the November election and beyond.

"...Casinos have conducted voter-registration drives before, but the July 5-7, 2006, shutdown, caused by New Jersey's state budget crisis, was the impetus for a far greater effort than in the past. The industry hopes that the momentum generated last year continues into this year's registration drive - one that could dramatically influence state politics in the casinos' favor.

"...Atlantic City's 11 casinos have about 41,000 workers, representing the largest private employers in southern New Jersey. When those numbers are combined with the workers' family members, the casino voting bloc could easily exceed 100,000 people..."

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