It has been nearly three years since citizens voted into law that slot machines should be allowed at the states parimutuel locations, now there are groups who are concerned about the validity of that vote.
The Supreme Court of Florida will now decide whether a trial will take place where three organizations, the Humane Society of the United States, Floridians Against Expanded Gambling, and Grey2KUSA, will have the right to prove their allegations in a court of law.
The coalition maintains that many signatures that were on the initial petition to allow the slot question on the ballot were forged, and some even were so ridiculous that they were not even real people, they were pets. Others were people who were not even alive at the time of signing the petition.
The group is seeking a trial to defend and give evidence to support what they believe. If the trial is granted, and the group does indeed prove that fraud existed, it could be a devastating blow to three Broward County pari-mutuels, Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center, Gulfstream Park, and The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park. All of which have spent multi million dollars to build their casino rooms.
Scott Makar, Florida’s solicitor general was representing Secretary of State Kurt Browning, had this to say, “When you have massive fraud, it should not be rewarded.”
On the other side of the battle is Floridians For a Level Playing Field, the group that got the amendment on the ballot, they believe that the argument is useless because the amendment passed by 93,000 votes. They also believe that if there was fraud, that this is a case that should have been handled three years ago, and that the anti gambling groups are simply using this angle to try and overturn the vote on gambling in the state.
The next step in the process is a Supreme Court ruling on whether election results can be invalidated or a trial on fraud allegations could take place. It is not yet determined when that ruling will come down.