An Ohio Youngstown Casino Amendment
may appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot
in the state of Ohio
as an initiated state statute
. The measure would allow for a casino to be constructed in the Youngstown region of the state. The initiative effort is being organized by developers Rick Lertzman and Brad Pressman. This would be the fifth casino constructed in the state, if enacted by voters, following the passage of Issue 3 in 2009
that allowed casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
- Rick Lertzman stated about the prospects of a fifth casino in the state: "We think the voters of Ohio, as long as you could say, `Look, we've got huge unemployment problems in Youngstown'...I think the voters are going to be very sympathetic."
Path to the ballot
Supporters turned in 1,700 signatures to the Ohio Attorney General's office, along with the ballot measure's wording, as mandated by state initiative law.
If the language is approved and those initial signatures are verified, supporters of the proposal have until July 4, 2012 to turn in the required 385,247 signatures in order to place the measure on the ballot.