Mass. Elections Chief Predicts High Voter Turnout

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is predicting a high voter turnout in Tuesday's elections.

Galvin said he expects 57 percent of voters, or 2.4 million people, to turn vote — rivaling the highest turnout for a non-presidential election since 1990.

"The record amount of money that's been spent on advertising, the saturation nature of the advertising, has certainly made it impossible to escape awareness of the election," he said.

Galvin, who is also up for re-election, said he based his prediction in part of the intense level of interest not only in the governor's race, but in other statewide races, a number of congressional contests and the three ballot questions.

He also said that a surge in requests for absentee ballots was another indication that voter turnout could be high.

As of Tuesday morning, more than 132,000 voters have requested absentee ballots.

Those unsure of where to vote can check the secretary of state's website,

This program aired on November 1, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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