Coeur d'Alene Tribe denies voter intimidation

Posted at 11:15 AM, Mar 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 16:31:47-04

Officials with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe say they have hired employees to counter claims surrounding a proposed ballot initiative, but deny accusations their operatives are intimidating voters.

Tyrel Stevenson with the North Idaho Voter Project -- a political action committee connected to the tribe -- says he's concerned with the growing amount of misinformation regarding the ballot initiative seeking to legalize lucrative betting terminals known as instant horse racing.

Tribes across the state have previously come out against the betting terminals because they argue that the machines do not use the legal wagering allowed under Idaho law.

Such machines were briefly legal in Idaho, but lawmakers banned them in 2015 after deeming them too similar to illegal slot machines.

Proponents of the initiative say their petitioners have been followed and harassed.

(by The Associated Press)