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Record Low Turnout Predicted For Special Senate Election


The top election official in Massachusetts says the special Senate election Tuesday will likely result in an historic low voter turnout.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin believes just  37 percent of the state’s 4.3 million voters will go to the polls to choose between Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.  Galvin said that would be the lowest turnout  to elect a U.S. Senator in the state’s history.  Springfield Election Commission Gladys Oyola  said there are several factors including a heat wave and a race that has produced few sparks.

A poll by Western New England University found nearly thirty percent of the state’s registered voters said they had little or no interest in the election.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.