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Final Push for Votes for Casino Referendum Question

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Vote-election 2SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — People for and against a resort style casino in the city worked Monday night to get out the vote.

“Casinos bring a lot of blight to the community,” said Rhonda Latney, against casino.

“The city needs some vitalization, MGM casino is gonna bring it here,” said Rocky Thompson, supports casino.

Supporters of the project joined members of MGM Resorts’ executive team for a rally on Main St. Company CEO Jim Murren says their project is what the city needs.

“The plan is jobs, the plan is economic revitalization, the plan is bringing people back to the city,” said Murren.

A yes vote Tuesday allows MGM to move onto the next phase in the process to try and win the single gaming license for western Massachusetts.

A no vote means MGM is out and the license would go to a company in another community.

Citizens Against Casino Gaming were also using every last chance to get their message across.  Members showed off their signs and spoke against the project during a forum sponsored by the A. Philip Randolph Institute and held at the AFL-CIO of the Pioneer Valley.

“Crime is going to go up, property values are gonna go down, problems related to problem gaming are going to go way up, ” said Mark Mullan, Citizens Against Casino Gaming.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. To find a polling location CLICK HERE.

To download a copy of the ballot CLICK HERE.