Save Idaho Horse Racing Qualifies for November Ballot

It’s Official: The Campaign to Save Idaho Horse Racing Qualifies for November Ballot
Final Signature, Legislative District Totals Signal Broad Support for Proposition 1
(BOISE) — The Campaign to Save Idaho Horse Racing reached another critical milestone Tuesday
when the Secretary of State officially qualified the citizen’s initiative for the General Election
ballot in November.
The campaign, which began less than six months ago, exceeded two statutory thresholds
required for citizen initiatives to earn a spot on the ballot, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney
determined. The initiative will be listed on the ballot as Proposition 1, with a yes vote signifying support for the horse racing industry and the reauthorization of historical horse racing terminals,which the Legislature repealed in 2015.
Despite aggressive opposition tactics from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and its casino-funded political action committee and Idaho’s high standards for initiatives, the campaign gathered more than the required 56,192 valid signatures from all 44 Idaho counties. The campaign also cleared the statutory geographic diversity requirement of 6 percent of registered voters in more than 18 legislative districts.
“Horse racing has a long and storied history in Idaho. It’s a big business and important to our state,” said Governor Butch Otter. “We’re home to many great breeders, trainers, jockeys and other industry professionals. Like rodeo, horse racing reflects Idaho’s western rural roots and a continuing connection to our cowboy heritage. I hope voters see fit in November to help keep horse racing viable for generations to come by voting “Yes” on Proposition 1.” The announcement means voters will now have the chance to help revitalize Idaho’s horse racing industry and bring competitive and exciting racing back to tracks like Les Bois Park and others around the state. A “YES” vote for Proposition 1 also means supporting public schools, youth horse programs and reviving a racing infrastructure that supported hundreds of jobs and contributed $50 million annually to the state’s economy, said Bruce Newcomb, former Idaho House Speaker and chairman of Save Idaho Horse Racing. “We have believed all along that Idahoans have special feelings for horse racing and all the benefits it brings to our state,” Newcomb said. “That belief has now been confirmed. There is much work yet to be done. But this is truly exciting for horse racing fans as well as the jockeys, trainers and many others who may once again have the opportunity to come back and work in a thriving and vibrant Idaho horse racing industry.”
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