Court disqualifies casino amendment from ballot

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- The state Supreme Court on Thursday disqualified a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casinos in four Arkansas counties from the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

The court ruled that sponsor Nancy Todd improperly changed the wording of the proposal after gathering signatures for it. Todd changed the wording to say the measure may repeal a 2005 state law that allowed local elections to permit Oaklawn Park thoroughbred track in Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis to operate electronic games of skill.

The casino measure, which would have allowed Nancy Todd's Poker Palace and Entertainment Venues LLC to operate casinos in Crittenden, Franklin, Miller and Pulaski counties, will appear on the ballot, but the Supreme Court ordered that any votes cast for it not be counted.

Todd said it was a "huge disappointment that the voices of 200,000 people who expressed interest in this doesn't seem to count."

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