SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters will decide a handful of races in this September’s state primary, including the selection of nominees for Governor. 22News discovered why thousands of registered voters might not have a say in one important western Massachusetts race.
High stakes, but a low turnout is expected for the state primaries in September and there’s one race that will likely be decided without Republicans having a vote.
On Tuesday September 9th, some of us, or at least a few of us will go to the polls to vote in the state primary. East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence expects a fairly low turnout, which is consistent with the past few primaries.
“This particular primary I’m looking at probably between 15 and 20 percent,” said East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence.
In the Hampden County District Attorney’s race the four candidates are Democrats, which means registered Republicans won’t get to vote for the new D.A.
“Even though we don’t have a dog in the fight in the D.A. race we have a lot of candidates this fall,” said Dr. Jay Fleitman, Chairman of the Western Mass Republicans.
Shawn Allyn, Hal Etkin, Anthony Gulluni and Brett Voterro are running for D-A, with no Republicans in the race, whoever wins the primary will become the next District Attorney unless something strange happens between the primary and general election. So the D.A.’s race will be decided without registered Republicans casting a ballot.
“That’s again the way the election laws say in our primaries especially, if you’re a registered Republican that’s the party you have to vote. So they really do have no say, it’s just going to be the unenrolled and the registered Democrats who can decide who’s going to win the primary race,” said Florence.
If you want to register to vote in the primary or change your party affiliation, you can do that up until August 20th.