SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin says several signs are pointing to an expected low voter turnout for Tuesday's special election. He predicts less than 1.6 million people will show up to the polls, out of the state's 4.3 million registered voters; and to put things in perspective, the average turnout in previous U.S. Senate elections has been around 2.2 million.
Secretary Galvin suggested that Tuesday's heat and summer vacation plans could deter people from coming out to vote. Political experts also add that voters don't seem enthusiastic about this election because they're simply tired of them.
The candidates running for now-Secretary of State John Kerry's vacant Senate seat are:
- Congressman Edward Markey - Democrat
- Former U.S. Navy SEAL, Gabriel Gomez - Republican
- Richard Heos - Twelve Visions Party
On their final full day of campaigning, both Markey and Gomez were scrambling to energize supporters and get-the-word out about voting. Markey was in Springfield Monday morning visiting with volunteers and supporters at Palazzo's Cafe. He also stopped in Worcester and Lawrence before wrapping up the day in his hometown of Malden. Gomez started his morning greeting commuter at the Braintree MBTA. He also stopped in Plymouth, Hyannis and Brockton before attending a rally in Quincy Monday night, with former U.S. Senator Scott Brown.
For all the information you need on how to vote and where you can vote, head to Secretary Galvin's website .
Remember 22News is your home for Election Day. We'll be live Tuesday in both Boston and throughout western Mass. covering the latest in this race. Make sure to catch our special coverage throughout the day on-air and online at WWLP.com. We'll also bring you up-to-the-minute results after the polls close, on 22News at 11PM.