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MGM officials reach out to voters

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Though the casino referendum vote is still three weeks away, MGM officials and volunteers were out in force at the Springfield polls Tuesday using the special Senate election as an opportunity to reach out to as many city voters as possible.

"We want to make sure everybody recognizes that this is a critically important vote for the city," said MGM's Vice President of Global Gaming Development, Michael Mathis. "One of the values of today is that when we have interacted with folks they've given us feedback."

Like Tuesday's election one of the challenges for the July 16 vote will be getting people to come to the polls. But MGM officials say they do have some stops to pull out to hopefully increase turnout.

"We've got databases and we've got different reach out to the young across some of the different wards and some of our events we haven't tapped into that for a day like this of course," said Mathis.

And though it wasn't possible to have the casino question appear Tuesday's ballot it was a common complaint among many that they'll have to come back to the polls so soon.

"You know with day to day life I think it would be easier to put them all at the same time," said Chuck Docherty.

Now, most people CBS 3 spoke with at the polls said that they do plan to come out again next month.

And though many people have their mind made up on how they will vote, others say they haven't decided yet.

"I live in Springfield, I have all my life and I think Springfield has enough problems without the added problems a casino would bring," said Mary Garcia.

"I am coming out to support MGM," said Sophia King.

"Presently I've been up and down and all around on that one," said Docherty.

MGM officials say they'd be very happy with a turnout in the mid 20,000s next month.

If Springfield voters do approve the casino proposal the decision would then be in the hands of the state's gaming commission.

Mohegan Sun in Palmer and Hard Rock International in West Springfield are also vying for the only casino license to be issued in the region.

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