RED WATER, Miss. (WTVA) – Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have voted to not build a new casino in the Red Water community, reports WTOK-TV in Meridian.
Preliminary results show 1,449 votes against and 654 votes in favor. There are still 112 absentee votes that need to be counted.
The TV station reports if less than 40 percent of registered voters participated, the casino would be built anyway.
The Tribal Election Commission will determine the official results. The results should be out at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 17.
Red Water is about 23 miles west of two Choctaw casinos near Philadelphia, Miss.
Choctaw Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said a new casino would create more than 250 jobs and about $50 million in annual revenue.
On Thursday, Anderson says she respects the decision of the voters.
“My commitment to our Tribe and people is to always do what I feel is in the best interest of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. We will continue to explore other opportunities to build on our existing success for our Tribe,” she said.