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West Springfield residents head to polls Tuesday

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

West Springfield residents are headed to the polls Tuesday morning to vote on Hard Rock's $800 million casino proposal.

Officials expected a 30 to 40 percent voter turnout to the polls.

So far, officials said around 30 percent of registered voters have come out.

West Springfield Town Clerk Otto Frizzell said a typical town election normally brings in anywhere between 30 to 35 percent of voters.

According to our media partner Masslive.com, supporters and opponents of the casino proposal were standing in different locations with signs throughout the town Tuesday morning.

The polls will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

Hard Rock's plan includes paying a minimum of $18 million annually to West Springfield, along with $35 million in road improvements.

There are two other casino companies also competing against Hard Rock for the sole casino license to be awarded in Western Mass. Springfield voters approved MGM's proposal back in July and Palmer residents will head to the polls in November to vote on Mohegan Sun's proposed casino.

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