2018 Gambling Ballot Measures By State
On November 6, 2018, five states will vote on a total of six gambling ballot measures during the 2018 Midterm Elections. You may not know it from the news coverage, but midterm elections are about more than who ends up with control of the Senate and House to become the ruling party in Congress. These elections also include local political races and state amendments, measures, and issues that are being brought before the people of each state.
Below you will find a brief look at each 2018 gambling-related ballot item, with access to more detailed information about what the measure’s objective is, who supports and opposes the measure, and what groups and/or individuals are financially contributing to each side of the issue.
Arkansas Issue 4 – PASSED (54%)
An Arkansas gambling measure on whether to allow casinos in four counties. The measure includes tax rates on licensed casinos in each of the four counties and where the money would go. Find out more details about this measure and with our extended explanation found on the Arkansas state page.
Florida Amendment 3 – PASSED (71%)
The second of two gambling measures on the Florida ballot in 2018. This measure would prevent the Florida State Legislature from passing any laws relating to gambling. Learn more about the measure here.
Florida Amendment 13 – PASSED (61%)
The second gambling-related amendment being proposed to amend the Florida state constitution this general election. This amendment is about whether to ban dog racing in the state. You can check out more on this amendment here.
Idaho Proposition 1 – FAILED (54.2%)
The Idaho State Legislature passed a law in 2013 to allow video terminals for betting historic horse racing. However, the state senate repealed the law in 2015 and this measure allows Idaho voter to decide on the issue. Visit our Idaho state page for more information on the measure.
Louisiana Act 322 – PASSED (47 of 54 Parishes)
The Louisiana State Legislature passed House Bill 484 which sent Act 322, the “Louisiana Fantasy Sports Contest Act,” to the ballot for each parish to vote on during the 2018 midterms. You can learn more about the fantasy sports contest measure here.
Maryland Question 1 – PASSED (87%)
Maryland voters to allow slots in 2008 and table games in 2012 at their casinos. However, there was no law specifically requiring the tax revenue to go to the state’s education system. Read more about this measure on the Maryland state page.
Missouri Amendment 4 – PASSED (52%)
This amendment gives more rights to organizations who run bingo games in the state. Missouri had similar amendments on the ballot in 1990 and 2000 but voters rejected it both times. You can find more on this amendment here.
Q: When is the 2018 Midterm Election
A: The 2018 Midterm Election is on November 6, 2018, and the polls open and close at different times depending on your state.
Q: When is the deadline to register to vote in the 2018 Midterm Election?
A: It is different for each state, but you can find out the deadline to vote in the upcoming election by visiting your state’s page on our site.
Q: How did these measures get on the 2018 ballot?
A: The measures were passed through state legislature except for Florida, who had an appointed committee put both amendments on the ballots.
Q: What happens if my state doesn’t have gambling on the ballot this election?
A: If gambling is not on your state’s ballot, then it does not mean your state will never have gambling. Most state legislatures pass gambling laws, but when it comes to amending a state’s constitution, a measure is typically required to be put on a ballot.