Racino referendum to appear on Maine’s November ballot

Posted Feb. 18, 2011, at 3:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine election officials say enough voters’ signatures have been submitted to force a referendum on whether to allow a racino in Biddeford and a tribal racino in Washington County.

In his announcement Friday, Secretary of State Charles Summers noted that unless the Legislature enacts the measure without change, it will appear on the November ballot.

In a related matter, the state gambling board discussed the sticky issue of a law requiring casinos to be at least 100 miles apart on Friday, but took no vote. The issue is pivotal to voter-approved plans to build a $165 million casino in Oxford.