Recount To Be Held On Palmer Casino Vote

Nov 26, 2013

A recount will take place today of the vote that killed a $1 billion casino project in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer.

Supporters and opponents of Mohegan Sun's casino project are seen outside a polling place in Palmer, MA on Nov. 5, 2013
Credit WAMC

Mohegan Sun acknowledges the recount is un-likely to change the outcome of the referendum. The Connecticut-based casino company petitioned for the recount after its project was turned down by a 93 vote margin.  Mohegan Sun said in a statement Friday that it would pursue a non-casino development on the land it controls in Palmer. Reports the company is in talks about a casino project in the Boston area prompted casino supporters in Palmer, such as Town Councilor Paul Burns to accuse Mohegan Sun of being disingenuous.

MGM Springfield is the only casino project to pass a local referendum in western Massachusetts.