Suffolk Downs requests Nov. 5 casino votes

Suffolk Downs has asked its two host communities, Boston and Revere, to schedule casino referendum votes on Nov. 5, the same day Boston voters will choose a new mayor, according to a spokesman for the East Boston racetrack.

Suffolk Downs is proposing a $1 billion casino resort at the track with partner Caesars Entertainment. Under state law, no casino project can win a license unless the residents of the host community endorse the project at a referendum. In the case of Suffolk Downs, which straddles the Boston-Revere city line, both communities will vote.

The Revere vote will take place citywide. Large cities, such as Boston, can confine the vote to the ward in which the project is located or expand the vote citywide. Mayor Thomas M. Menino prefers a ward-only vote.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

The track’s election requests follow the signing of agreements with Boston and with Revere outlining the terms under which the cities will accept a casino at the racetrack. State law requires a campaign period of 60 to 90 days before a vote.

Suffolk Downs is competing for the sole Greater Boston casino license with Wynn Resorts, proposing to build in Everett, and a Foxwoods project in Milford. Wynn has already won a referendum vote; the Foxwoods vote is expected later this fall.