Petition effort fails, next move is up in the air

The corndogs, the carnival, the crowds all will be heading to Grand Island in 2010. We’ve known that for awhile, but a petition effort to keep the state fair in Lincoln has failed. Fair Vote Nebraska says today they did not reach the five percent threshold of registered voters to sign their petition in 38 different counties.
“This is not the only thing on the agenda. This is just one thing. I would just wait and see what happens next.”
Spokesman Roger Yant tells us that the Legislature has made it too difficult for volunteer petition efforts like Fair Vote’s to succeed.
“In Lancaster county we had way more signatures than needed, we had our quota in the Grand Island Area. Throughout the state what the problem came down to was getting out out state signatures in.”
Yant tells us that it’s that threshold that makes it too difficult for truly volunteer petition efforts to succeed. He indicates that the fight to keep the fair in Lincoln is not over but would not elaborate on where it goes from here. The fair is set to move to Grand Island in 2010.