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Gambling question will not appear on ballot

Issue falls short of required signatures
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Posted at 5:56 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 18:56:23-04
A proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling at Nebraska horse tracks will not appear on the November ballot.
 
Secretary of State John Gale says the number of verified signatures of registered voters fell short of the number required to put the referendum on the ballot. A total of 117,188 verified signatures were needed to get on the ballot. County election officials accepted 77,956 signatures and rejected 41,710 signatures. A total of 119,666 signatures were received. The largest number of signatures that were rejected were by people who were not registered voters in Nebraska or the county indicated on the petition sheet. 
 
County election officials are still verifying signatures for two other gambling related referenda. One regulates games of chance and gaming devices at race tracks. The other establishes a tax on gross gaming revenue.