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Mayoral candidates’ leadership lags on issue of casino vote

A proposed casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston must be put to a vote. At issue is when and how wide a vote will be.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File

A proposed casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston must be put to a vote. At issue is when and how wide a vote will be.

The Sept. 6 editorial “Casino vote should be Nov. 5, and all should have a say” hit the nail on the head. With 12 mayoral candidates trying to outdo each other as the representative of the new Boston, why have most been silent on the big slap in the face to voting rights that is the proposed Oct. 29 vote on the Eastie casino?

To schedule and hold such an important vote just seven days before the big mayoral election is the best way to ensure that few voters will participate, as all eyes will be on Nov. 5. It also would be a waste of city employees’ time and our tax dollars, even if the casino developers claim that they will absorb the cost.

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Everyone says that the casino is a done deal and that there is nothing that can be done about the vote. In fact, the City Council must approve the date of the casino vote. If the five city councilors who are running for mayor cannot find the backbone to stand up for a true people’s vote, then they should not be asking us to support their bids for higher office.

Lisette Le

Dorchester

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