A group of casino opponents says that more than 100 volunteers will fan out across the state this weekend to gather enough signatures to place a referendum on the ballot next year to repeal the state’s gambling law.
The organization, Repeal the Casino Deal, needs just under 70,000 certified signatures by Wednesday, and John Ribeiro, their chairman, said Thursday that they are nearing the target and will stand outside supermarkets this weekend to reach their goal.
“We’re very close to that 70,000 number, but we need to make sure we have a buffer of initial signatures in case some of them are not certified by the cities and towns,” Ribeiro said.
The group will hold a press conference Friday morning in LoPresti Park in East Boston to outline the final signature drive.
Neighborhood residents delivered a stunning blow to a Suffolk Downs casino proposal in East Boston when they rejected the plan at the ballot box Nov. 5. But Suffolk Downs is attempting to relocate the casino in Revere, where voters endorsed the plan as a neighboring community.
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