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Many in E. Boston are without a vote on casino

Astrid Osorio (left) and a colleague canvass East Boston on Wednesday to get out the vote for the Nov. 5 referendum.
Astrid Osorio (left) and a colleague canvass East Boston on Wednesday to get out the vote for the Nov. 5 referendum.Credit: Joanne Rathe/Globe staff

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But census figures show that as many as 46 percent of the adults in East Boston will not cast a ballot on Nov. 5 about the casino at Suffolk Downs — or anything else — because they can’t.

They are not US citizens. The striking disparity signals that immigrants in this fast-growing neighborhood with the highest percentage of immigrants in Boston will largely be shut out of the voting booth at a time when their neighborhood’s future is at stake, according to census figures compiled by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

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