Gaming Strategy
Featured Stories
Legal News Financial News Casino Opening and Remodeling News Gaming Industry Executives Search News Subscribe
Newsletter Signup
Stay informed with the
NEW Casino City Times newsletter!
Search Our Archive of Gaming Articles 

Advisory Vote Set on Video Gambling in South Carolina

30 January 2003

NEWBERRY, South Carolina – As reported by the Associated Press: "South Carolinians never got the chance to vote on video gambling. Now a special election will give voters an opportunity to voice their opinion.

"The advisory referendum question will appear on the Feb. 25 Democratic primary ballot in Newberry County in the race to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Andre Bauer, who was elected lieutenant governor in November. The question, which would have no legal standing, asks whether voters would support the return of video gambling in order to help with the state's budget crisis.

"…Newberry County Democratic Party Chairman Clarence Shealy Jr. said Tuesday the idea for the referendum came after reading about the heavy response to signs posted around the state asking people to voice their support of video poker to the new governor.

"…The question won't appear on any other counties' ballot in District 18, which encompasses all of Saluda and parts of Lexington and Union counties. In Lexington and Saluda, party leaders said their decision to leave the question off the ballot hinged on not saddling any potential Democratic nominee with the issue.

"…The Legislature had approved a ban unless voters chose to keep legal cash payouts from the machines. That vote was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court and the ban went into effect…"

< Gaming News