But a legal challenge is expected if voters approve slots in Gadsden and Washington counties.
Attorney General Pam Bondi has issued a legal opinion saying state law permits referendums to authorize slots only in two South Florida counties.
Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Ken Lawson says he plans to follow Bondi’s advice and deny slots licenses.
The slots are being sought by Ebro Greyhound Track in Washington County and Gretna Racing, a quarter-horse barrel racing facility, in Gadsden.
Track owners and their supporters say slots will mean more jobs for the two rural counties, both with high unemployment rates.
Ministers are leading the opposition in both counties.