Palm Beach County voters will decide on slots in November

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The Palm Beach County Commission this morning overwhelmingly approved a referendum for the November 2012 ballot that will allow voters to legalize slot machines in the county, writes Andrew Abramson.

The slot machines would be allowed only at licensed pari-mutuel facilities, which currently includes only the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach.

The vote was the final one needed to put the question on the Nov. 6 presidential ballot.

Jess Santamaria, the only commissioner to vote against the referendum, warned that casinos will follow.

“If anybody can guarantee to me today the only thing that will be moving forward is slot machines in the dog track and nothing else, I would consider it,” Santamaria said. “However, we really know that in due time the casino will in fact follow.”

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