Proponents of expanding casino gambling to horse racing tracks in Nebraska have fallen short of the signatures needed to place the issue on the November ballot, well short.
Secretary of State John Gale reports county election officials threw out 41,710 of the 119,666 signatures submitted by Keep the Money in Nebraska. Election officials accepted only 77,956 signatures, far short of the 117,188 signatures of Nebraska voters needed.
The number one reason signatures were tossed, according to Gale, was that signers were either not registered voters of Nebraska or of the county in which the signature was collected.
“That accounted for more than 24,000 signature rejections. Nearly 4,600 signatures were rejected for being duplicates and more than 3,000 signatures were rejected because the signers were not currently registered and were removed from the state’s voter registration system,” Gale said in a written statement released by his office.
In some counties, like Banner, Kimball, and Sheridan, the number of accepted signatures equaled the number of rejected, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Gale had asked county election officials to verify signatures for the proposed constitutional amendment first. Verification for two companion statutory initiatives will continue.