Nome voters reject charitable gaming ban

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2003

NOME (AP) Nome voters have rejected a measure to prohibit charitable gaming in their city.

Just 121 residents voted for the measure and 704 voted against it Tuesday about 85 percent meaning games of skill and chance will remain legal in Nome.

If the proposition had passed, it would have outlawed activities such as bingo, pulltabs and raffles.

The city collects about $400,000 in taxes annually from gaming.

Lawyers also warned that it might force the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to move the finish line out of Nome, since mushers pay an entry fee to try and win a prize.

Organized opposition to the measure was strong. Several local groups banded together to fight the proposition, arguing that it would gut their scholarship and social service programs.

Voter turnout was nearly 39 percent higher than the turnout for the general election in November.

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