Presidential election brought record vote in Massachusetts

SHELBURNE, MA - MARCH 01: Voters check in before casting their ballots in the Shelburne Town Hall on March 01, 2016 in Shelburne, Massachusetts. Officials are expecting a record turnout of voters in Massachusetts, one of a dozen states holding Super Tuesday presidential primaries or caucuses. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Voters checked in before casting their ballots in the Shelburne Town Hall. –Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images

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BOSTON (AP) — The state’s top elections official says the Nov. 8 election brought a record turnout in Massachusetts.

Roughly 30 percent of voters cast their ballots early, exceeding expectations for the state’s first early voting period.

Secretary of State William Galvin said Monday that slightly more than 3.4 million votes were cast overall, eclipsing the previous record of 3.18 million votes in 2012.

Democrat Hillary Clinton received nearly 2 million votes to less than 1.1 million for Republican president-elect Donald Trump. The Libertarian and Green-Rainbow candidates received about 185,000 votes combined. Other voters wrote-in names or blanked the presidential race.

Galvin says votes cast for presidential electors will be sent to the Governor’s Council for certification later this week.

The Electoral College members will cast their official votes on Dec. 19.

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