It has been one wet mid-term Election Day.
Some voters were soaked as they ran in and out of their polling locations. But the rain didn’t stop many Pioneer Valley locals from getting their vote counted.
Tuesday is mid-term Election Day. And for many locals to Western Massachusetts, that meant taking time off work to head to the polls.
And the dark and rainy weather that encompassed most of the day didn’t have too much of an effect on turnout, according to Terry Cartier, who ran the polls at the Knights of Columbus in Chicopee.
“No I don’t think so. We’ve had a steady, steady crowd coming in to vote,” said Cartier. “It started at 7 and we had a line waiting to get in the doors.”
Some of the people running the polls today say voter turnout has still been okay regardless of the wet weather, and some locals say they think it’s because there is just too much at stake with this election.
“I think people are motivated by what’s happening in the world, and they want to let somebody know their feelings,” said Chicopee resident Ronald LaPlante. “And one of the feelings happens to be a vote.”
One previous study covering 14 different U.S. presidential elections found that one inch of rain reduced voter turnout by just under 1 percent.
But the effect of rain on turnout has become increasingly weaker since that 2007 study. And also with a quick rise in early voting across the country, that means more people are worrying less about the weather at their local polling location on actual Election Day.
So it’s good news that so far today, although it’s been very wet, we’ve had less than a half-inch of rain