Voters motivated to make their voices heard in primary

4.3 million registered voters in Massachusetts- a 200,000 increase since 2012

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts is one of several “Super Tuesday” states that will be holding presidential primaries tomorrow. Turnout is supposed to be strong, and everyone that 22News spoke with in Northampton Monday said that they plan to cast their ballot.

For some people, it is a specific candidate that is driving them to the polls, while others are more motivated by issue.

This year, nearly 4.3 million people are registered to vote in Massachusetts. That is nearly 200,000 more than the last presidential primary in 2012. 22News asked Northampton voters which issues are drawing them in.

“I’d like to see a base minimum age of $15 an hour,” Andrew Berger of Williamsburg said.

“Poverty is a real big issue, and I feel like one of the main things that would abolish poverty would be if everyone would be given a fair chance to go to school, to start a career for themselves,” Alyssa Ivory Aultman of Sunderland said.

Candidates can secure more delegates on Super Tuesday than any other day in the primary season. Massachusetts is considered an important state for both parties. There are 116 Democratic delegates up for grabs, with 45 Republican delegates at stake.

The polls will be open across the state from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Be sure to stay with 22News and throughout the night Tuesday for the latest results.

If you are confused as to where to go and vote, click here to find out through the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.

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