Twin River casino holds off celebration until mail-in ballots are considered

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Leaders in the town of Tiverton and the Twin River Casino are holding off before declaring victory even after the majority of voters approved Question 1 on the state ballot.

“I think it’s a smart move. I think it’s important for, you know, you can never count your chickens before they hatch,” said Tiverton resident Marc Whitehead.

Whitehead is referring to Twin River chairman John Taylor’s decision to wait for the mail-in ballots prior to celebrating the casino’s approval.

The Board of Elections said that this will not happen until Thursday at noon.

“The staff is working on them in and processing them. It takes a long, long time to do over 40,000 mail ballots,” said Diane Mederos, Vice Chairman of Board of Elections.

Mederos also stated that the process is further delayed by damaged ballots.

The race for House District 15 between incumbent Nicholas Mattiello and challenger Steven Frias is also held up by mail-in ballots.