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Casino supporters go to next level for vote recount in Palmer

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PALMER, MA (WSHM) -

Citizens for Jobs and Growth in Palmer are taking things to the next level in attempt gain a fair recount of votes for Palmer.

The group has formally requested the Secretary of the State and the Mass Gaming Commission to give a review of the registration process leading up to the Palmer casino vote on Nov. 5.

The group has reached out to the state agencies with hopes they will monitor not only the recount, but address concerns by some town residents who say they were denied their fundamental rights to have their voice heard earlier this month at the polls.

As part of their appeal, the pro-casino group submitted several letters written by town residents who say they were unable to register vote in the recent referendum because of interpretations by the town clerk, which determined they were ineligible.

Mohegan Sun and the Yes for Palmer Committee filed a petition Friday for a recount of the Nov. 5 referendum vote in Palmer. The casino proposal was defeated by 93 votes.

Mohegan Sun released a statement that said in part, "We believe this action is necessary because of possible irregularities in the balloting process that were observed on Election Day by poll watchers and voters and to ensure an accurate count of all votes."

Town Councilor Donald Blais Jr. said he wished the vote would have been the other way. He cautioned that there would be possible financial consequences because the deal was voted down.

The town manager and town clerk would not comment any further about the petition, other than to say it had been submitted and the names still had to be verified.

The statement by Mohegan Sun also expressed their desire to have results of the recount as soon as possible.

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