Mass. official worried about Senate race turnout
BOSTON (AP) — The state’s top elections official says he’s extremely concerned about turnout for the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, noting a sharp drop in the number of absentee ballots requested as compared to the last special Senate election.
Secretary of State William Galvin said Thursday that 49,748 absentee ballots have been requested to date in the race between Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez to succeed Secretary of State John Kerry.
That’s about 14,000 fewer absentee ballots than in 2010, when Republican Scott Brown won an upset victory to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Galvin also notes that the special election is competing for the public’s attention with many other things, including the start of summer vacation and the Boston Bruins’ bid for the Stanley Cup.