Cape Girardeau casino vote all but certain

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau voters will likely get the opportunity to vote on whether they want a casino.

County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said Friday that the group Quality of Life in Cape Girardeau had collected a total 3,078 signatures to put the casino referendum on the November ballot.  Of those signatures, 2,727 were accepted, 92 more than the 2,635 required to put the issue to a vote.

Summers said many of the 351 signatures were not accepted because they were from voters registered in other districts.  Others were not registered to vote, while a number of signatures were duplicates.

The signatures must now be turned over to city hall, where the signatures will be verified and submitted to the Cape Girardeau City Council.  Council members will begin the process of getting the referendum placed on the November ballot at Monday night's meeting.

The city will eventually turn over the signatures to Summers for final certification.  The signatures must be returned by Aug. 24, Summers said.

According to Gayle Conrad, Cape Girardeau city clerk, the official question on the ballot will be "Shall the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, allow the licensing of excursion gambling boats in the City?"

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