SLOT OPPONENTS POISED TO BLOCK ARUNDEL MILLS PARLOR

In a move mirroring the one that shut live racing out of Loudoun County in the late 1990’s, oopponents of a slots casino at Arundel Mills mall appear to have enough signatures to force a voters’ referendum in November that could block the largest site of the state’s fledging slots effort.

The Anne Arundel County Board of Elections has accepted 19,054 signatures – more than the necessary 18,970 – on a petition to place a slots referendum on the fall ballot. The petition seeks to overturn a hard-won zoning measure to allow a 4,750-machine parlor to be built on a mall parking lot.Slots opponents submitted 40,407 signatures.

The elections board has until March 25 to complete the validation process, at which time the board would certify the accepted signatures.

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