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Recount of Palmer’s Casino Referendum Vote Scheduled for Nov. 26

PMGC PALMERALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — Palmer will hold a recount at the end of the month to double-check the votes that were cast on November 5 on the Mohegan Sun casino proposal which failed to pass.

The Board of Registrars held a meeting late this afternoon on the matter in the Town Clerk’s Office.

ABC40 spoke with Town Council President, Paul Burns tonight who confirmed for us that the recount has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 26 in the Community Room at the Palmer Public Library starting at 9:00 a.m.

Mohegan Sun successfully filed a petition in favor of it after reports came out that there was a glitch with one of the voting machines.

“The machine was not accepting ballots. We notified town officials right away. After that point, we observed town officials taking ballots out of the machine, some ballots ended up on the floor,” says Kevin Conroy, attorney for Mohegan Sun who spoke with us on November 6.

In all, the casino proposal lost by only 93 votes out of a total 5,200 that were cast on November 5 and that’s quite a few ballots to sift through.

“It’s a hand recount…so it’s going to take a long time,” explains Burns.

In a statement sent to us tonight from Mohegan Sun, representative Krista Robinson says, “We’re disappointed and surprised that the town has chosen to delay the recount a full three weeks after the Nov. 5 referendum, and two days before the busy Thanksgiving holiday.  After such a close and emotional election, voters on both sides of the issue deserve a timely and accurate recount of all ballots.”

Burns reports that the Board of Registrars will be performing the recount on November 26 with the Town Clerk overseeing the process.


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