In 10 N.H. Cities, Voters Send Mixed Signals on Keno

Nov 8, 2017

Rochester appears to be the community most divided over whether to allow Keno within city limits – the game passed there by a mere one vote, according to results from the local clerk’s office as of late Tuesday night.

Otherwise, voters across New Hampshire were split on the issue of whether to allow Keno in their communities. Seven of the 10 cities where it was on the ballot voted in favor of permitting the game.

Map: What NH Towns Will Have KENO?

The biggest Keno victory of the night came in Berlin – where nearly three-quarters of voters gave it a green light. Other cities, including Manchester and Nashua, also saw strong margins of support.

Voters rejected the game in Keene, Concord and Dover. The widest defeat came in Keene, where nearly two-thirds of voters said they were opposed.

Franklin already approved the game last month, but it failed to get the necessary votes earlier this year to be put on the ballot in Portsmouth.

A law passed earlier this year paved the way for profits from keno to be used toward funding full-day Kindergarten statewide. The head of the state’s lottery commission has said he hopes to have the game up and running by next month.

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