BOSTON A record number of Massachusetts residents could head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the highly contested presidential and U.S. Senate races.
Secretary of State William Galvin, the state’s top election official, said on Monday that he expects up to 74 percent of eligible Massachusetts voters to cast ballots Tuesday.
He based that figure on historical trends, registration numbers and absentee ballot applications.
“My best estimate now, based on all these, is that the turnout [Tuesday] — the total turnout as a result of the election — will be between 3.1 and 3.2 million votes cast in Massachusetts,” Galvin said.
Galvin said the high turnout could cause lines and delays.
The state’s current turnout record of 3.1 million voters was set in the 2008 election.