Measure to legalise casinos in Arkansas makes the ballot

Arkansas Wins totalled 100,977 signatures, surpassing the 84,859 signatures the group needed.

Arkansas election officials approved the ballot a measure that would legalise casinos in three border counties.

US.- Arkansas election officials gave their approval for the ballot a measure to legalise casinos in three border counties.

According to Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office, the group Arkansas Wins submitted 100,977 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The group needed 84,859 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the constitutional amendment.

The measure aims to legalise casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties. Arkansas Wins has previously announced that Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Entertainment would operate the Washington County casino in the event voters approve the amendment.

The proposal calls for a five-member commission appointed by the governor to regulate the casinos. In addition,  it would also require the casinos to pay the state an 18 percent tax on net gambling receipts.