Maine Tribe Turns in Casino Vote Petition - Saturday 4th of February 2006

AUGUSTA, Maine – As reported by Bangor News: "Maine's Passamaquoddy Tribe made good on its pledge Monday and turned in more than 61,000 petition signatures in an effort to place the question of a Washington County racino before the voters in November.

"Election officials at the Maine Secretary of State's Office now have until March 1 to determine whether at least 50,519 of the signatures were legally collected and signed by legitimate voters. Tribal Rep. Fred Moore, Rep. Eddie Dugay, D-Cherryfield, and Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Perry, were certain they would meet or surpass the threshold needed to place the question on the ballot.

"…About 25 minutes before the state's 5 p.m. deadline, a dozen tribal members and other supporters arrived at the State Office Building bearing several boxes filled with petitions. The tribe would like to build a commercial racetrack and slot machine complex somewhere in Washington County modeled after the Hollywood Slots facility that opened last fall in Bangor…"

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