Idaho sportsmen doubtful measure will qualify for ballot

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Sportsmen doubtful they will get petition on November ballot

5/2/02

By Associated Press

BOISE -- With the deadline for signature gathering past, organizers of the sportsmen's initiative to revamp the way Fish and Game Commission members are selected doubt that the proposition will qualify for the November ballot.

"If I had to wager, I would say we're going to be short," petition leader Bill Goodnight of the Idaho Wildlife Federation said.

Petition circulators had until the end of Tuesday to collect registered voter signatures. They had to submit their petitions for signature verification by county clerks by Wednesday. The clerks have until June 30 to validate the signatures.

Initiatives need 43,685 registered voter signatures to gain a spot on the general election ballot.

North Idaho Indian tribes said they had more than 70,000 signatures for the proposition to clearly legalize electronic gambling machines in reservation casinos, and most officials expect that issue to be on the ballot.
 
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