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Vote yes or just say no? Linn County polls open for casino vote


Election Day is here, and Linn County residents began voting at their regular polling places at 7 a.m.

There's just one question on the ballot: Voters are being asked if Linn County should allow gambling games in a casino.

Weather did not delay the opening of voting locations.  All 86 voting precincts will be open until 8 p.m.

Both campaigns are doing everything in their power to get people out to vote -- shoveling driveways, giving people rides, and going door to door.

Todd Henderson from the Just Say No campaign said, "It really didn't change our plans. We still contact as many voters who are undecided, and those who may have already formed an opinion but just haven't cast a ballot yet."

Casino Investor Steve Gray was optimistic.  "We were a little bit concerned but the good news is the snow tapered off at 9:00 and the city and county have done a great job clearing the roads, and looks like we're on pace for a pretty good voter turnout."

Gray's Vote Yes Linn County group says a casino would be a $80-100 million investment. They want to build it on the west side of the Cedar River near downtown Cedar Rapids.  Just Say No Casino, however, has criticized investors for what they say is their lack of a specific plan.

On Friday, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort CEO Dan Kehl announced if voters say no to a casino, he'll build a water park on the land instead.

More than 12% of Linn County's registered voters already cast their ballot before the polls opened Tuesday.

The Linn County Auditor's Office issued more than 21,000 absentee ballots.  More than 19,000d were returned, a 92% return rate.

If voters say yes, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would ultimately have to approve a license for a Linn County Casino.

To find your polling place, click here.

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