Steady voter turnout in Northampton for Massachusetts primary

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of voters in Northampton headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state’s presidential primary. In Northampton, there are eight polling stations for seven precincts.

Secretary of State William Galvin said that he expects as many as 700,000 residents to cast Republican ballots this year- an increase from the 150,000 who voted in the GOP primary back in 2008.

Northampton City Clerk Gale Kolodviej told 22News that they have about the same number of registered Republican voters as they have always had, but in Northampton there are now nearly as many unenrolled voters as there are Democrats.

Jose Bayron, Warden of Precinct 3A in Northampton, has worked the elections for years. He told 22News he hasn’t noticed any increase in GOP ballots. “It’s steady, it’s definitely a little lower than I thought but it’s the primaries, usually we only have 35 percent of voters come out for the primaries.”

Currently, there 10,334 registered Democrats in Northampton, 8,917 unenrolled voters, 768 Republicans, 114 members of the Green-Rainbow Party, and 49 registered with the United Independent Party.

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