EFFORTS TO THWART BALLOT INITIATIVE LEAD TO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Recently, it was revealed that the opposition to Save Idaho Horse Racing, the North Idaho Voter Project, a political action committee launched by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, was found trying to bribe signature gatherers to quit their work—a felony under Idaho law. This is the latest in a series of illegal and threatening behaviors by the PAC’s employees, including intimidation, stalking and harassment, previously reported on by KTVB, the Idaho Statesman, and others.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The tribal casino PAC has violated Idaho electoral law by propositioning petition circulators with a contract offering $1500 in return for the circulator agreeing to stop collecting voter signatures for the Save Idaho Horse Racing petition. Offered with the sole intent of undermining the process of direct democracy, this illegal proposition was fully captured and documented on a popular messaging platform. With the evidence in hand, law enforcement in Ada County is currently investigating this situation, but this behavior threatens to set a precedent of ugly, illegal, anti-democratic tactics becoming the norm in Idaho.

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ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

In an effort to revive the horse racing industry in Idaho, the Save Idaho Horse Racing ballot initiative seeks to put the question of whether Historical Horse Racing terminals should be allowed to operate in Idaho on the ballot in November. To qualify for the 2018 ballot, the campaign to Save Idaho Horse Racing must gather signatures from over 56,000 registered voters by April 30.