Mohegan Sun Shifts as Palmer, Mass. Readies for Recount

On Tuesday, Palmer, Massachusetts will re-count casino referendum ballots originally cast three weeks ago. A proposed Mohegan Sun gambling resort lost by just 93 votes in the original tally.

Mohegan Sun called for a recount almost immediately after the final vote tally was announced on election night. But the company doesn’t anticipate a radical change in results, and appears to be moving away from Palmer. CEO Mitchell Etess acknowledged in a statement late last week that the town remains “sharply divided” on casino gambling, and he says a recount won’t change that division.

In the same statement, the Connecticut-based casino operator indicated it will look into non-casino development for the 152-acre parcel of land it’s leased in Palmer.

Mohegan Sun is now among several companies in talks with Suffolk Downs to be the casino operator in a renewed proposal in Revere, according to the racetrack’s chief operating officer. 

Palmer election officials will hand count the ballots, a process the town clerk says should take about 4 to 5 hours.