Signature recount demanded over local smoking ban referendum
By Eric Veram
CASPER, Wyoming: On Wednesday, August 28, Kim Holloway, co-leader of Keep Casper Smoke Free, filed a lawsuit against the Casper city clerk alleging that up to 95 people's signatures were wrongly declared invalid. The lawsuit also demands that the submitted petitions be recounted. The legal challenge comes after only 2,393 of the 3,000 submitted signatures were deemed valid; only a total of 2,500 are required to place a referendum on the city's ballot. The referendum sought to submit new changes weakening the city's smoking ban to voters. The original ban was on all indoor smoking in public places, the newly passed regulations allow smoking in bars, private clubs, businesses and residential health care facilities.