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§19-23-21. Local option election procedure; form of ballots or ballot labels.

(a) Upon the timely filing of a proper petition for a local option election in accordance with the provisions of section twenty of this article, the county commission of the county in which all or any integral part of a proposed horse or dog racetrack is to be constructed and established is hereby authorized to call a local option election for the purpose of determining the will of the qualified voters within said county as to the construction and establishment of all or any integral part of such horse or dog racetrack within said county. Upon the timely filing of a proper petition as aforesaid, the county commission shall enter an order calling for a local option election and providing that the same shall be held at the same time and as a part of the next primary or general election to be held in said county. A copy of the order so entered by the county commission shall be served upon the Racing Commission and the Racing Commission shall take no further action in connection with the issuance of such construction permit until said local option election shall be held. Said county commission shall give notice of such local option election by publication of such notice as a Class II-0 legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for such publication shall be the county. Such notice shall be so published within fourteen consecutive days next preceding the date of said election.

(b) The local option election ballots, or ballot labels where voting machines are used, shall have printed thereon substantially the following:

"Shall the West Virginia Racing Commission issue a construction permit authorizing the construction and establishment of a (horse or dog) racetrack where (horse or dog) race meetings may be held or conducted and the pari- mutuel system of wagering permitted and conducted?

 / / Yes / / No (Place a cross mark in the square opposite your choice.)"

(c) Each individual qualified to vote in said county at a primary or general election shall likewise be qualified to vote at the local option election. The election officers appointed and qualified to serve as such at said primary or general election shall conduct said local option election in connection with and as a part of said primary or general election. The votes in said local option election shall be counted and returns made by the election officers, the results certified by the commissioners of election to said county commission which shall canvass the ballots, all in accordance with the laws of this state relating to primary and general elections insofar as the same are applicable. The county commission shall, without delay, canvass the votes cast at such local option election and certify the results thereof to the Racing Commission.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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