Voters In Idaho will have an opportunity in November to make historical racing machines legal. Idaho's secretary of state confirmed that proponents of the initiative – Save Idaho Horse Racing led by former Idaho House Speaker Bruce Newcomb – collected a sufficient number of signatures during a statewide petition drive to put the measure on the ballot.
The initiative was opposed by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, which operates a casino in Idaho.
Historical racing machines were declared illegal in Idaho in 2015 because of their perceived similarity to slot machines.
Historical racing machines, first installed in Arkansas in 2000, are electronic games based on results of unidentified, previously run horse races. Bets are pooled similar to pari-mutuel wagers. The machines are in place in Kentucky and Wyoming, in addition to Arkansas, and recently were approved in Virginia as part of an effort to revive racing in that state.
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