On Tuesday, November 2, Anne Arundel County residents voted for Question A. This means that the required zoning for the Anne Arundel Video Lottery Terminal facility at Arundel Mills Mall is granted. Thus, the Cordish Co. can move forward with building a casino and installing slot machines at that site. Support for the measure garnered 56% of the vote with 98% of the precincts reporting.
The Maryland Jockey Club sought a vote against Question A with the hope that Laurel Park would have a chance to compete for the 4,750 machine casino. “The people of Anne Arundel County have spoken,” said Maryland Jockey president Tom Chuckas. “While we continue to believe that Laurel is the optimum location for VLTs in Anne Arundel County, the Maryland Jockey Club will now consider its options going forward and we will consult with the Maryland Racing Commission to enact the changes required as a result of this lost opportunity at Laurel.”