By a wide margin, Cherokee County voters rejected a referendum to allow casino gambling in Cherokee County.
Unofficial vote totals are 418 yes (36.8 percent) and 719 no (63.2 percent).
Totals are unofficial until canvassed by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors at the next regular meeting on Tuesday.
If the referendum had passed, it would have been just one of the hurdles needed to be overcome before a casino could be established in the county. A license would have to be obtained by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. An investor or group of investors would have to invest in the project.
Now it will be another eight years before overcoming that first hurdle can be attempted again, if there is any interest at that time. State law will not allow another referendum on a casino following a defeat for another eight years.
The auditor's office has not yet determined a cost for the special election. For the poll worker's alone, the cost will be over $2,000, plus there will be additional expense for computer programming.