In about seven weeks, Vote Yes Linn County amassed more than 16,000 signatures — some 4,300 more than needed — to prompt a special election to see if Linn County voters approve of gambling in the county.
The signature-gathering campaign progressed so quickly that Steve Gray, who is leading a group of mostly local investors in a plan to build the $80 million to $100 million casino, announced Tuesday that his group would push for a gaming vote on March 5.
State law requires the amount of signatures to prompt a vote on gambling to equal at least 10 percent of the number of people who voted in the last general election in the county. In this instance, Vote Yes Linn County needed 11,872 signatures.
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