Nebraska State Fair Referendum (2008)

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The State Fair Referendum was an effort to overturn LB 1116 at the November 4, 2008 ballot. LB 1116 was a law passed by the Unicameral in 2008 that mandated moving the State Fair from Lincoln to Grand Island in 2010.[1]

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.[2],[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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