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Slow Going For Twin Falls Anti-Refugee Ballot Initiative

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Hundreds of people from across the state gathered at the Idaho Capitol to show solidarity with the Gem State refugee community. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Hundreds of people from across the state gathered at the Idaho Capitol to show solidarity with the Gem State refugee community.


Opponents of an Idaho refugee support center in the Magic Valley don't seem to be having much luck in securing signatures in their effort to ban such facilities from their county.

The detractors of the College of Southern Idaho's Refugee Center want to put a ballot measure before Twin Falls County voters in May but, according to this morning's Twin Falls Times-News, only 219 signatures of the required 3,842 signatures have been certified by the Twin Falls County clerk's office.

The group, calling itself the Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center, claims to have gathered approximately 1,500 signatures but hasn't turned them all in, according to the Times-News. The deadline to make the May ballot is early April. The clerk's office formally approved the wording of the proposed ballot in early October 2015, meaning the group had 180 days from that point to gather the appropriate number of signatures.

According to Twin Falls County Clerk Kristina Glascock, the group is now indicating it may switch gears and aim for the ballot in the November General Election.

"The weather has really slowed us down," conservative activist and Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center organizer Rick Martin told the Times-News

At the height of the debate over the refugee center, hundreds of people filled the steps of the Idaho Statehouse to show their support for refugees in the Gem State.