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Judge upholds certification of gambling expansion ballot question

ANNAPOLIS — An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge has decided that the appropriate number of voters did indeed approve the expansion of casino gambling in Maryland on Election Day.

Judge Ronald A. Silkworth on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Maryland State Board of Elections and other defendants, reasoning that the board was correct to certify the Nov. 6 election results because a majority of qualified voters in the state is defined as a majority of those who actually voted.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 2, contended that a majority of eligible voters in Maryland had to approve Question 7, even if those all of those technically eligible did not actually vote.

Approval of Question 7 paved the way for the legalization of table games such as black jack at every Maryland casino and also created a Prince George’s County casino license.

Subsidiaries of future Baltimore casino developer Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Maryland Live Casino owner The Cordish Cos. intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of the state, as did MGM Resorts International Inc. – the favorite to win the Prince George’s license and build a resort casino at National Harbor.