Labor Day weekend could impact primary election voter turnout

Hampden County

Tuesday’s primary elections, coming right after the Labor Day weekend, apparently doesn’t bode well for a sizable voter turnout.

A survey of city and town election personnel points to a lack of voter interest in spite of a ballot that includes Gubernatorial and U.S. House and Senate candidates.

Holyoke City Clerk Brenda Murphy-McGee expressed her voter turnout feelings for 22News.

“I feel that with the Labor Day weekend, and just being a state primary [election]… the numbers are going to be on the lower side,” Murphy-McGee said. “We don’t usually see a big turnout for state primaries. I would love to be proven wrong.”

Murphy-McGee recalls only 12 percent of registered voters showed up at the Holyoke polls during the most recent statewide primary.

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