Longwood Poker Referendum (2009)

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The Longwood Poker Referendum was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Seminole County for voters in the City of Longwood. The question proposed the addition of poker to the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club in Longwood. City commissioners asked their attorney to draft a petition to county officials that would ask that such a referendum be put on the next ballot.[1]

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The dog track would add poker tables to their facilities so they could increase revenue, however across the street, Northland church opposes the idea of any sort of gambling. The two organizations own a good majority of the land along the road both are located, Dog Track Road. The city of Longwood would need both organizations to cooperate in order to turn the street into an attraction and gateway to Longwood.

Path to the ballot

Longwood commissioners voted on the petition at their July 20, 2009 meeting. The referendum vote was countywide. While there has been some dispute over whether the referendum should be held at the city level, city attorney Don Roper said that he believes the county charter prohibits it.

Election result

Longwood Poker Referendum
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 991 63.94%
Yes 559 36.06%
Total votes 1550 100.00%
Voter turnout 0%


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