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Palmer Heads to the Polls to Vote on Casino Referendum

PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — Voters in Palmer are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a proposed casino in their town.

Voters actually began lining up before the polls even opened for the day, to ensure they would cast their vote.

Election officials in Palmer describe the turnout Tuesday as “heavy.”

Mohegan Sun is proposing a $1 billion resort-style casino complex on land near Exit 8 off of the Mass. Pike.

Casino supporters say that the project will bring thousands of permanent jobs and needed revenue to the town, while opponents say that a casino would bring problems, including traffic and crime.

This is not the first time Palmer has voted on a casino proposal. Back in 1997, voters were asked in a non-binding referendum if they supported a casino in their town. That vote passed with 55 percent in the affirmative.

ABC40’s Ray Hershel will have the latest throughout the night on the vote in Palmer, on-air and online at wggb.com.


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