Official Primary Turnout Confirms: It Was Low

The official numbers are out for votes in the Sept. 9 state primaries, and they confirm what we've already said: A relatively small number of Massachusetts voters headed to the polls.

The primaries drew 726,028 voters to the polls, Secretary of State William Galvin's office said. The breakdown was 566,092 votes in the Democratic primary, and 159,936 votes in the Republican primary. (Unenrolled voters in Massachusetts can cast ballots in either primary.)

The figures, which are near to what Galvin predicted before Primary Day, are quite low — at about 17 percent of registered voters. The Associated Press cites this example:

The turnout was significantly lower than in 2006, the last time the state had an open race for governor with a contested primary and nearly 912,000 voters participated.

Here, via Scribd, are the full primary results:


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