Jeffery Uss of Casino Inc., stops to play various slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Las Vegas. As slot machines move away from moving parts to video technology, manufacturers are now rolling out the first generation of joystick-controlled, penny arcade-themed gambling machines. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Casino Referendum Timing Questioned
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Board of Elections will argue in court this week that a lawsuit challenging the uncommonly glowing language of a referendum to expand casino gambling was filed too late, although the wording wasn't posted on the board's website until two weeks after that deadline to sue.
The board tells The Associated Press it first posted the rewording of the referendum to its website on Aug. 23. The referendum says more casinos will bring tax breaks, more school aid and jobs, claims opponents dispute. The deadline to file a lawsuit was about two weeks earlier.
Some newspaper editorial writers have said the state is trying to dupe voters.
The New York Public Interest Research Group says Wednesday that posting the language after the deadline was unfair to the public.