State officials view early voting as a success


BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – This is the first year Massachusetts voters were able to vote early and one-million people took advantage of it. 22News explains why the state’s top election official considers early voting a success.

Secretary of State William Galvin oversees elections and voting in Massachusetts. He told reporters Monday that he didn’t expect so many people to vote early.

Secretary Galvin predicts that more than three-million people will vote in Massachusetts by the time polls close Tuesday evening at 8:00. Of those voters, one-million people have already voted, either through absentee ballot or early voting.

Secretary Galvin declared the first year of early voting ‘a success.’ Although some people did have to wait in line, Galvin said there were no major incidents. Some communities have already reached 30-40% voter turnout BEFORE Election Day.

Overall, Galvin is happy with the process, but said some aspects could be improved. “Certainly some of the issues that were raised in terms of procedure. We may want to look at the lack of uniformity of hours in some places. we want to look at.”

Secretary Galvin said early voting should lead to shorter lines on Election Day.

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