A New AGA Election Guide Ensures the Voice of Online Gaming Will be HeardPublished February 9, 2016 by Lee R
All gaming stakeholders should join the Gaming Votes initiative.
The Presidential elections are coming, and the American Gambling Association has taken it upon itself to make sure that all the right people are informed.
The AGA has released its first-ever voter guide to inform the nearly one-million gaming employees about the presidential candidates and their stances gambling. The guide includes voting information on participation such as when to vote, where to vote and how to register, which is relevant not just to the gaming stakeholders, but any member of the US voting public.
Gaming Votes Initiative
The guide is part of the initiative Gaming Votes which the AGA launched last year to inform the candidates themselves in an effort to ensure full awareness by all Presidential candidates on the value of gaming to the states when effectively regulated. Statistics in the guide point out how in key battleground and early vote states the gaming industry supports over half-a-million jobs and generates $75 billion in economic activity.
The AGA is committed to targeting all specific groups and stakeholders at this point so that politicians, employees, casino operators, and players can all participate in making online gambling work in the US and increase revenues for the many currently cash-starved and/or debt-ridden states while bringing safe and fulfilling gaming experiences to meet the wide demand that exists.
Individual Positions Revealed
Regulation of gaming is not a partisan issue but a matter of individual policy stance. Of course, some candidates are obviously in favor of online gambling, such as megacasino owner Donald Trump and New Jersey Governor Doug Christie, who has shepherded regulated gaming in his state to early success and state benefits.
A chart in the guide provides the positions of all candidates, in alphabetical order, with the exception of Bernie Sanders, for which there currently exists no record of his stance or activity. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, the chart reveals opposed casinos in Arkansas as First Lady in the 80's but softened her stance running for Senator in New York in 2000 by saying she would leave it up to the citizens to decide if they felt that casinos was the way towards economic recovery.
All information will go a long way towards informing and empowering all voters for the future of online gambling in the US.