As a “capstone to its first-ever Gaming Votes initiative” to engage candidates and employees in the presidential election, the American Gaming Association recently put forward a message encouraging the 17,000 Iowa employees whose jobs directly or indirectly depends on gaming to vote this fall.
Early voting in Iowa has already begun and continues through November 7.
Casino gaming in Iowa is a $1 billion annual economic engine that supports 9,500 jobs and has generated more than $6 billion in tax revenue for the state during the past 25 years.
“The 2016 presidential candidates have waged their campaigns in the casino gaming industry’s backyard,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “We encourage the thousands of gaming employees in Iowa to consider candidates’ stances on key issues affecting their industry – from tax and immigration reform to health care and infrastructure – and to cast their ballot accordingly.”
“So many Iowans benefit from the casino gaming industry,” adds Wes Ehrecke, president and CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association (IGA). “Our industry plays such a valuable role in the state’s economy and I encourage each of our employees to be proactive and vote on, or before, Election Day.”