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The current controversy about allowing slots in Kentucky has been covered very well by the top blogs on horse racing, including Paulick Report and Sid Fernando. But one of the state’s two principal newspapers is conducting a live poll to evaluate the interest and inclinations of responders.

One of the contentious issues in the brawling has been about allowing people to vote (since the Kentucky state senate president David Williams arranged to prevent the measure from being voted on by the legislature).  The Courier-Journal in Louisville has a poll under way that is openly testing the sentiment of readers about 1) whether slots should be legalized at racetracks and 2) whether the approval should come from the legislature or from a constitutional amendment.

To view the polls, click here. The first point is narrowly led by “for” with 51.34 percent to “against” with 48.61 percent. Naturally, if you’re going to click, you’ve got an opinion, and there are only .05 percent undecided, which clearly underrepresents that portion of the constituents. This poll has drawn nearly 15,000 votes at mid-morning on Thursday, which is a very strong response and indicates the interest both sides are showing in the issue.

The second point, in contrast, is on polled on the same page but has drawn less than 10 percent of the votes (1,386) at mid-morn. Of the voters, 76.41 percent want to vote on the issue, and 23.59 percent prefer sending the issue through the constitutional amendment process. This is most important to the horse business, which realizes that the constitutional amendment would take years.

The CJ poll is sophisticated enough that it recognizes input from each computer. I tested this myself to see if it would allow me to vote twice. Of course, this recognition factor won’t prevent multiple votes if a party has multiple computers, as many businesses have. Loading the vote with responses from groups or businesses on either side of the issue cannot be discounted, therefore.