Let Ohio Vote Says, Never Mind

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The group “Let Ohio Vote” now does not want Ohioans to vote on whether to allow slot machines at horse race tracks.

The group today asked Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to pull the question from the November Ballot. Let Ohio Vote says voters’ approval of the casino amendment and Governor Strickland’s threat to ask the courts to allow video lottery terminals (VLT’s) prompted its decision.

The group formed after state lawmakers OK’d a plan to install the slot machines to raise revenue. It collected nearly a quarter of a million valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. It also successfully argued in a case before the Ohio Supreme Court that the issue should go before voters.

Now the group says, “With our primary goals accomplished, it seems imprudent to proceed with a campaign that can be easily rendered moot by a court decision or new legislation authorizing VLTs.”