Pat Buck-Hanks and James Peck were at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to present a petition to call for a special election for a referendum on having a casino in Cherokee County,
The special countywide election has been set for Dec. 4, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The election is only one hurdle to be overcome before a casino is established in the county. An investor has to decide to create one and the state gaming commission has to approve a license before the project could become a reality.
An investor for the project has not been determined nor has it been established what the location would be. It has been suggested that the former Harley Davidson building in Cherokee would be a suitable location but that is speculation at this point.
Buck-Hanks and Peck indicated that the project would help the local economy by providing jobs.
The number of signatures on the petition calling for the special election (after review for eligibility of signers by the auditor's office) is 618. The number required is 416.
There was joking about "the election of the month" in the county. From July to the end of the year, only August did not have an election. In July, there was a special election for county attorney.
In September, there were the regular school board elections throughout the county.
On Oct. 2, there will be special elections for the residents of Cherokee and the residents of the unincorporated part of the county (outside any city limits) to extend the one-cent local option sales tax. This will involve separate ballots for the city of Cherokee and the unincorporated part of the county.
On Nov. 6, all eight towns in the county will have elections for city offices.
The Dec. 4 vote regarding the casino is exactly within the 70-day time limit on holding the election following receiving a petition for an election.