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Seminoles accuse LVS-backed group of fraud over gaming expansion petition

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has gone on the offensive over a Las Vegas Sands-backed political committee’s push to gather public support for commercial casinos in the state.

The Tribe argues Florida Voters in Charge “brazenly violated” electoral law and committed fraud in its signature-gathering process to allow commercial casinos in the state.

Under the state constitution, any expansion of gaming by an entity other than the Seminole Tribe requires a constitutional amendment, which must be approved by referendum. A measure must receive 891,589 signatures to appear on the ballot for the 2022 election.

The two parties were already embroiled in a legal battle, after Florida Voters in Charge argued that representatives of the Seminole Tribe “interfered” with its petitioning, such as trying to hire away employees of the pro-expansion group.

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