HOYLOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday was the last day to vote in Massachusetts before Tuesday’s election, and some cities were surprised by the big response. It could even create a larger voter turn out this year.
This was the first presidential election in which Massachusetts voters could cast a ballot before Election Day. Dorothy Ungerer of West Springfield told 22News, “I just wanted to avoid the lines on Tuesday, so I figured I’d get it done early to make sure I got in and got it done.”
Many thought the same way. Citizen’s lobbying organization, “Common Cause” found 31 cities in western Massachusetts had a successful early voting season by hosting evening hours and at least 4 weekend hours.
- Cities include: Agawam, Belchertown, Brimfield, Cheshire, Cummington, Goshen, Granby, Holland, Holyoke, Ludlow, Monson, Montague, Northfield, Northampton, Orange, Peru, Plainfield, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Sunderland, Tyringham, Warren, West Springfield, Westfield, Westampton, Whately, Worthington
Holyoke City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee told 22News more than 3,000 registered early voters cast a ballot in Holyoke. That’s 11% of Holyoke’s registered voters, which could motivate more voters to come out on Tuesday.
“I definitely think it’s going to increase our turnout,” said McGee. “I think it’s going to help it, which is really exciting, because that’s really what Massachusetts, and I’m sure the entire nation, is looking for. To increase voter turnout with residents. I think this has been really positive, and I’m hoping to see it become more positive in the future.”
McGee’s predicting 70% voter turnout on election day in Holyoke, compared to the average 60% for past presidential election years.
Absentee and early voter ballots are kept in each city or town’s halls. Holyoke has a lock and alarm on their doors.