Gambling elections may be delayed

The vote on table games in Kanawha and Hancock counties may be put on hold. The reason? The public notices were not published in newspapers in time.

According to the House Bill 2718 passed in March, a published notice about the local option election on table games in the racetrack counties must be printed twice 30 days prior to the election. The elections are set for Saturday, June 9. County clerks in Ohio and Jefferson counties published their notices on time.

Authorities in Hancock are weighing their options about the election. But Kanawha County commissioner Kent Carper insists the election should go on as planned.

“I believe if the election goes forward and a court would review this, I would hope the court would look at the purpose of a classified advertisement to give adequate notice to the public. This matter has had more notice in Kanawha County than any election I believe in 50 years,” Carper says.

Carper says the Kanawha County clerk took responsibility for the mistake.  Usually, public notices must be published 21 days, not 30 days, before an election. A longer version of this story will be posted on this website soon.

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