Danville voters have voiced their opinions on allowing pari-mutuel wagering in the city, following Tuesday night’s election. According to the Virginia Department of Elections unofficial results, 5,083 (51.87-percent) voted to pass the referendum, while 4,717 (48.13-percent), voted no.
The referendum appeared on Tuesday’s ballot as a result of a petition filed in May by Danville citizen Trina McLaughlin. The Colonial Downs Group campaigned to get signatures on the petition to allow for the question to be put on Tuesday’s ballot.
Voters were asked:
“Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in the City of Danville at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?”
The passed referendum would allow the Colonial Downs Group to open a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in the city, which would offer satellite horse race betting and pari-mutuel betting based on slot-based HHR machines, as well as a restaurant and bar.