New England News
3:30 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Busy Start To Voting In Massachusetts

A presidential election featuring a former governor and an intensely competitive US Senate race are credited for producing a surge of voters in Massachusetts today.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

Lucas Carreira, age 3, of Springfield MA helps his father, Marco, put his ballot into a counting machine at a polling place in Springfield
Credit WAMC

In a scene that was repeated at polling places all across Massachusetts this morning  40 people were in a line that stretched down a hall way  at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club  waiting to vote  when the polling place in the gymnasium opened at 7 AM. A steady stream of voters followed throughout the morning. 

Long time Ward 2 election warden Joseph Campbell used one word to describe the voter turnout..

Campbell predicted voter turnout in his precinct could top 70 percent.  Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said voting city wide is exceeding her expectations for a 60 percent turnout. 14 of the city’s 60 polling places had called for extra ballots to be delivered as of 10AM. Oyala said no polling places ran out of ballots and there have been no reported problems with voting.

Mike Scully of Springfield said he was excited to vote

Walter Wiggit of Springfield said he voted a straight Democratic ticket. He said he was persuaded by Elizabeth Warren’s message in the US Senate campaign.

Robert Lynch , who said he is a Democrat, voted for Republicans Mitt Romney for president and Scott Brown for senate

Virginia Bailey split her vote.  Although she voted for the re-election of Mr. Obama,  she went with Brown for the senate because of his position on one issue.

At  the age of 32, Amy Green of Springfield became a first time voter today when she cast her ballot.

Green said her four children, ages 10,8,6, and 4 persuaded her to vote for President Obama and Elizabeth Warren  because they seemed to care more about families like theirs.

Polls in Massachusetts are open until 8 PM