Will casino question boost voter turnout?

Races for governor, U.S. Senate, Legislature also on the ballot

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Will a possible repeal of the state’s casino law be a motivating factor for people to vote? At least one local official is hoping that it will be.

Agawam Town Clerk Richard Theroux says that typically, anywhere between 50-65% voter turnout would be considered “good,” but he is hopeful that with the casino gaming issue at stake, the turnout will be more than that.

Agawam has nearly 18,000 registered voters. They are listed as a surrounding community in MGM’s casino proposal for Springfield. The casino developer has agreed to give Agawam a $250,000 up-front payment.

Theroux told 22News that Springfield and the surrounding communities have a lot at stake.

He encouraged voters to make an informed decision.

“I think that individuals going out to vote have to look at the question and the question is: jobs, economic development, and a game changer for the greater Springfield area. Yes or No?” Theroux said.

He told 22News that November’s ballot is an exciting one. Not only will voters have a chance to decide on the casino repeal, but there is also a Governor’s race, a U.S. Senate race, races for other statewide offices, legislative races, and seven ballot questions.

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