Only 1 in 5 Mass. voters to cast ballots in primary

BOSTON (WWLP) — The primaries for the special U.S. Senate election will be held on Tuesday, and though a lot is at stake, voter turnout is expected to be low.

According to the state’s chief elections official, less than one in five registered voters in Massachusetts is expected to cast a ballot in the U.S. Senate primaries.

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin estimated that about 550,000 voters would participate in Tuesday’s Democratic primary between Congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch.  In 2009 by comparison, nearly 670,000 Democrats voted in the primary election after U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy died.

Galvin predicted about 200,000 votes would be cast in the Republican Primary, where former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, State Rep. Dan Winslow and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez are trying to get their names on the special U.S. Senate election ballot.

Galvin told 22News that the expected low turnout is not for a lack of effort.

“Anecdotally, the level of interest at my office has not been what we see in a typical election,” Galvin said. “We have not had that same level of interest despite our best effort to stimulate it and presumably despite that the candidates themselves are trying to do that.”

Secretary Galvin noted that the Boston Marathon bombings have impacted the primary elections by dominating media coverage and forcing debate cancellations.

The primary winners will advance to the June 25 special U.S. Senate election.

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