Secretary of State: Gambling petitions not eligible for ballot; legal challenge expected | State of Omaha and regional news
Evnen said his office had received complaints from three Nebraskans and their lawyers opposing various parts of the petitions.
These written complaints, obtained by The World-Herald, largely set out the legal arguments against Evnen’s petitions – that the voting initiatives are distinct but singular in their purpose of expanding the game, which voters might not know. what they approve and that some legal terms of the petitions are too vague.
Lance Morgan, president and CEO of Ho-Chunk’s Inc., said the language of voting initiatives has been out for more than a year.
He said it was interesting and probably political that citizen complaints arrived at the Secretary of State’s office around the same time, in early August, that Ricketts wrote a column opposing the expansion of the game. His group and several others supported the measures.
He also said the state was using outdated case law to claim that tribes could expand gambling without state consent.
“The delay in responding makes me fear that this is designed to thwart the will of the people,” he said.
Lynne McNally, executive vice president of the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, said her group, which includes horse racing, Ho-Chunk and other groups supporting the initiatives, will win in court.