Know what you’re voting for on casino ballot question

Ballot question will ask if support a legislation that prohibits casinos

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Casino opponents will have a chance in November to un-do the casino process in Massachusetts. But the wording of that ballot question could cause confusion.

On November 4th, voters will vote on a ballot question that could repeal the state gambling law.

The ballot question will ask, do you approve of a law that’s summarized below? Then, the summary reads, the proposed law will prohibit the Gaming Commission from awarding any casino gaming licenses and prohibit developers from building casinos in Massachusetts.

Mike Needham of Lynn told 22News “I think that’s confusing. I think it should be the other way around. People should know that if they’re voting yes, they want to casino. If they vote no, they don’t want the casino.”

In 2009, Maine voters faced a similar situation. On a same-sex marriage ballot question, “yes” meant no same-sex marriage.

A “no” vote meant allowing gay marriage. Most voters said “yes” and repealed the law. Maine Voters then legalized same-sex marriage in Maine in 2012, where “yes” meant “yes.”

Ian Grady was a volunteer during the 2009 campaign and he worked on the 2012 campaign.

22News spoke with him on the phone. He said “I don’t think the wording of these questions necessarily has a huge impact, but you know, if any voters are confused or don’t understand the question, that’s a problem no matter what.”

At this point, the wording of the casino question will not change. So voters should remember, “yes” is against casinos; “no” is for casinos.

MGM Springfield and Repeal the Casino Deal did not answer our question Tuesday night about how the wording of the repeal question could impact their respective campaigns.

To see a summary of this law, Click Here.

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