Danville judge issues order placing referendum on casino gaming on November ballot

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A Danville Circuit Court judge issued an order Thursday afternoon to officially place a referendum on casino gaming on the ballot for the November General Election.

According to Danville officials, voters will be asked the following yes or no question:

“Shall casino gaming be permitted at a casino gaming establishment in the City of Danville, Virginia, at 1100 West Main Street, Danville, Virginia 24541(former Dan River Mills Schoolfield Division Site) as approved by the Virginia Lottery Board?”

Judge Joseph Milam issued the order late in the afternoon on Thursday, Aug. 6, according to the City of Danville.

Officials say a copy of the order will not only be sent to the City Registrar, the Virginia Department of Elections, and the Secretary of the Danville Electoral Board, but it will also be published as a public notice for three consecutive weeks before the General Election on Nov. 3.

Earlier in the week, the Danville City Council voted to petition the court by resolution and asked for a referendum to be held.

“As proposed, Caesars Virginia, a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, will construct and operate a resort at the former Dan River Mills industrial complex in Schoolfield, with an anticipated capital investment of more than $400 million and the creation of 1,300 jobs with competitive benefits packages and average wages between $35,000 and $47,000 annually,” Danville officials stated in a news release on Friday, Aug. 7.

You can read the copy of the signed order below.

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