Nebraska State Fair Referendum (2008)
|Not on Ballot|
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will not appear on a ballot
The effort to overturn LB 1116 through the veto referendum process was sponsored by FairVoteNebraska, whose spokesperson at the time was Roger Yant. In order to have succeeded, the group must have collected about 60,000 signatures from 38 counties before a July 16 deadline. If they had succeeded, the question would have appeared on the ballot, and the state's voters would have decided if they had agreed or not with the unicameral's decision to mandate the state fair re-location.
The group supporting the referendum announced at the time that they would turn in signatures on Wednesday, July 16 to qualify the measure for the ballot.
The total cost of the move for Nebraska taxpayers was $42 million, with Grand Island obligated to contribute $8.5 million toward that total. As a result, even some Grand Island businesses were listed as petition-circulation locations.
- Group files petition to reject state fair move
- http://www.theindependent.com/opinions/x889232579/Potential-State-Fair-vote-means-bigger-question-for-city Potential state fair vote means bigger question for city]
- Organizers expect petition drives to fail
- Fair group plans to file petitions Wednesday
- Local business joins state fair petition effort