On November 3, 2020, two states could potentially vote on new gambling expansion measures. While some ballot measures may occur during Midterm Election years where the main concern is which party will win the Senate and House, they also commonly appear every two years when states vote on local issues. These types of elections also include local political races and state amendments, measures, and issues that are being brought before the people of each state.
California is considering to place the California Sports Wagering Initiative on the 2020 ballot. This measure would authorize domestic state-licensed sports gambling and other currently prohibited house-banked games.
The Deadwood Gaming Association is pushing the legalization of domestic state-licensed sports gambling on the 2020 ballot. This measure would exclusively permit sports betting options at Deadwood casinos.
Below you will find a brief look at each of the gambling-related ballot items provided during the 2018 Midterm Elections, 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 However, the state senate repealed the law in 2015 and this measure allows Idaho voter to decide on the issue.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.