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Maine yes, Scarborough no

November 04, 2003

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There is good news and bad news in Maine as voters throughout the state approved allowing racetracks to add video lottery terminals, but voters in the city of Scarborough voted against adding them at Scarborough Downs.

The Portland Press Herald is reporting that with 85 percent of precincts reporting, Maine voters have approved by a 53-47 percent margin to allow the state’s racetracks to add video lottery terminals. However, the voters in Scarborough rejected by a 56-44 percent margin to allow the VLTs at Scarborough Downs, reaffirming an earlier vote held in that city. Earlier this year residents in Bangor, where Bangor Raceway is located, approved allowing VLTs at that track.

On the flip side, voters overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have allowed the building of a $650 million resort casino in the state.

In other states, voters in Colorado rejected a proposal to allow video lottery terminals at its five racetracks, and voters in Indiana voted overwhelmingly by a 66-34 percent margin to allow the opening of a riverboat casino in French Lick, the hometown of basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird. Bird, currently the president of the Indiana Pacers basketball team, heads one of a handful of groups hoping to operate the casino, as does Donald Trump.
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