Arkansas Supreme Court removes casino measure from November ballot


The Arkansas Supreme Court has disqualified a measure that would have allowed three Arkansas counties to legalize gambling from the November ballot.

The proposed constitutional amendment would have given three private companies rights to run casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties.

The court ruled that the ballot title “does not honestly and accurately reflect what is contained in the proposed amendment.”

“The voters are entitled to a ballot title that is honest, impartial, and intelligible and will give them a fair understanding of the issues presented,” the ruling states.

The court ordered election officials to not count any votes for the measure in the Nov. 8 election.

The lawsuit was brought by dog and horse tracks in the state that currently offer video poker and other forms of electronic gambling.

Read the court’s full opinion.

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