Bahamian gambling referendum, 2013

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A referendum on legalising web shops and establishing a national lottery was held in the Bahamas on 28 January 2013.[1] Both proposals were rejected by voters.[2]

Background[edit]

Gambling is currently illegal for Bahamian citizens. However, illegal gambling establishments known as "web shops" allow betting on American lottery numbers.[1] The referendum had been a campaign promise of the Progressive Liberal Party prior to the 2012 general elections.[3] After winning the elections, plans were announced to Parliament on 1 November 2012 to hold a referendum on legalising web shops on 3 December. However, on 16 November a further announcement was made that the national lottery question would also be asked and a new date of 28 January 2013 was proposed.[4]

Legalising and regulating the web shops was supported by Prime Minister Perry Christie, who claimed it could raise $20 million a year in tax revenues. However, religious groups opposed the move.[1]

Results[edit]

Do you support the regulation and taxation of Web Shop gaming?[4]

Choice Votes %
For 32,533 39.29
Against 50,270 60.71
Invalid/blank votes
Total 82,803 100
Source: Bahamas Local

Do you support the establishment of a National Lottery?[4]

Choice Votes %
For 32,850 40.44
Against 48,389 59.56
Invalid/blank votes
Total 81,239 100
Source: Bahamas Local

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