VOTERS APPROVE: Linn County Residents Want Casino

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Linn County may be the location of the state’s next casino. Voters took to the polls Tuesday and approved the casino referendum with 61 percent of the vote.

The finals numbers show Vote Yes with 36, 876 votes. Vote No received 23, 391.

More than 19,000 voters cast their ballots early to avoid heading out in the snow Tuesday.

Investors in the casino say the project is an $80-100 million investment that will bring 600 jobs to the county. They plan to build it on the west side of the Cedar River near downtown Cedar Rapids.

Just because the voters approved the referendum doesn’t mean it will be built, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission still has to approve a gaming license. The commission holds a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday in Johnston.