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West Springfield casino protestors take to the streets

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There is more than a week remaining before West Springfield voters go to the polls to decide whether they want a proposed casino resort in their city.

Casino protestors stood along side Memorial Avenue on Saturday morning to get their message out.

The group, No Casino West Springfield, said Hard Rock's proposed $800 million casino on the Big E complex would bring crime and lower property values.

They told CBS 3 that it is important for residents to get out and vote on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

"Voters and residents who don't want a casino, come to the polls on Sept. 10," said Nathan Bech, president of the group. "They can't just say I'm against a casino and not vote. It's important that people get out and vote. Talk to your neighbor, talk to your family member. Give them a ride on the day of the polls. Give us a call and we'll give you a ride on the day of the polls."

Earlier this week, Hard Rock released an internal poll, which showed 50 percent of West Springfield voters in favor of the casino, while 41 percent were not.

Only nine percent remains undecided.

Hard Rock has said the proposed casino would bring 3,000 permanent jobs to the city.

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