Opponents of casino initiative challenging signatures

Fri, Jul 17 2009 — Source: The Columbus Dispatch

State officials began tallying signatures yesterday on a petition to bring casinos to Ohio’s four largest cities, but the effort could face legal challenges even if it meets the 402,275-signature minimum. Opponents of the casino effort — led by a rival gambling company — are sharpening their pens for a possible lawsuit alleging that the petition process was marred by numerous irregularities, including felons gathering signatures, signatures submitted from deceased people and petition circulators telling lies.