Low voter turnout expected in state primary elections

Lack of competitive statewide races expected to keep voters at home

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is predicting 8-10 percent of the state’s 4.4 million registered voters will go to the polls on Thursday.

What’s the reason for the low turnout? There are no marquee statewide races and scarce competition for local elected offices. But Galvin predicts higher voter turnout in Hampden County because of a heated sheriffs’ race.

Agawam Town Clerk Vincent Gioscia told 22News that most people are focused on the presidential election in November and aren’t really thinking about the primaries.  “I don’t anticipate heavy voter turnout,” he explained, “becuase it’s a primary election and everybody is looking down the road at November.”

Elections typically take place on a Tuesday, but this year they’re being held on a Thursday, which some voters may find confusing. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday. If you’re in line when the polls close, you’ll be allowed to cast your vote.

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