Voters Head to Polls to Vote on Casino Proposals
BOSTON (AP/WGGB) — Voters in three Massachusetts communities are heading to the polls to help decide the fate of two proposed casinos.
Voters in Palmer will decide whether Mohegan Sun can move forward with its bid to secure the single western Massachusetts casino license.
Mohegan Sun’s $1 billion proposal is up against MGM’s proposal for a casino in Springfield.
In East Boston and Revere voters will weigh in Tuesday on Suffolk Downs’ proposed $1 billion casino at the 78-year-old thoroughbred racetrack. Favorable votes are needed before Suffolk Downs can apply to the state’s gambling commission for the sole eastern Massachusetts casino license.
A Suffolk Downs official said he was “very optimistic” about the vote despite fallout from the track’s recent decision to sever ties with its operating partner, Caesars Entertainment.
The final say on licenses belongs to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
A 2011 law authorized up to three casino licenses across the state.