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Light voter turnout in Mass. presidential contests

March 6, 2012
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BOSTON—Voting appears to be light in the Massachusetts presidential primary.

By 3 p.m. in Boston about 4 percent of all eligible voters had cast ballots in Tuesday's election. Turnout was expected to be higher in communities with more Republican voters.

State election officials had no reports of voting irregularities at the polls.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to win the GOP contest. President Barack Obama is uncontested on the Democratic ballot.

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has predicted a turnout of between 300,000 and 400,000 on the Republican side and fewer than 200,000 among Democrats.

In Massachusetts, only enrolled and independent voters can cast votes on each party's ballot. Registered Democrats cannot cross lines and vote in the Republican primary.

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