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Springfield sees lowest voter turnout in Massachusetts 2022 primary, new state election data show

MassLive.com 9/13/2022 Alison Kuznitz, masslive.com
Dorothy McDonald, of Springfield, holds a sign for her grandaughter, state rep. candidate Jynai McDonald, outside of Mary A. Dryden Veterans Memorial School on primary election day, Sept. 6, 2022. © Leon Nguyen | hnguyen/masslive.com/TNS Dorothy McDonald, of Springfield, holds a sign for her grandaughter, state rep. candidate Jynai McDonald, outside of Mary A. Dryden Veterans Memorial School on primary election day, Sept. 6, 2022.

Out of the 351 cities and towns across Massachusetts, Springfield notched the lowest voter turnout in the 2022 state primary.

Only 10.4% of registered voters cast their ballots in Springfield, though the overall statewide turnout notched nearly 22%, according to official election data released Tuesday by Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office and shared with MassLive.

“We are disappointed — but also not surprised — that overall primary turnout reached only about 22%,” Vanessa Snow, policy and organizing director at MassVOTE said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “We know that more can and must be done to increase primary turnout, especially because so many Massachusetts elections are essentially decided in the primary.”

There were 12,016 ballots cast in Springfield, with 42.3% by mail, 2.1% during early voting and 55.5% on Election Day last Tuesday.

Sturbridge, meanwhile, logged the highest voter turnout of 43.3%, according to Galvin’s office. That encompasses 3,126 total ballots cast, with 27.9% by mail, 0.5% during early voting and 71.5% on Election Day.

Boston saw a voter turnout of 19.2%. Of 85,386 total ballots cast, 40.3% were by mail, 4.4% during early voting and 55.4% on Election Day.

In Worcester, the voter turnout was 16.6%. That encompasses 18,133 total ballots cast, with 40.4% by mail, 4.1% during early voting and 55.5% on Election Day.

These are the 10 Massachusetts municipalities with the lowest voter turnout:

  • Springfield: 10.4%
  • Southbridge: 12.5%
  • Lowell: 13%
  • Lawrence: 13.5%
  • New Bedford: 13.5%
  • Millville: 13.9%
  • Fall River: 14.1%
  • Nantucket: 14.5%
  • Webster: 14.6%
  • Brockton: 14.7%

These are the 10 Massachusetts municipalities with the highest voter turnout:

  • Carlisle: 37.2%
  • Truro: 37.5%
  • Eastham: 37.8%
  • Tyringham: 37.9%
  • Egremont: 38.1%
  • Washington: 38.4%
  • Lenox: 39%
  • Provincetown: 39.3%
  • Richmond: 41.2%
  • Sturbridge: 43.3%

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