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Low early turnout at polls in Markey's congressional territory

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 30, 2013 01:54 PM

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Jarret Bencks

A voter looks over a ballot at the Pearl Street Community Center in Malden.

Action at polls in Ed Markey's congressional territory was slow Tuesday, as the longtime member of the House of Representatives squared off in a primary for a spot in the US Senate.

A total of 170 ballots had been cast as of 12:30 p.m. at the Pearl Street Community Center in Malden, the polling place for Markey's home ward.

Beverly DiCato, warden for Ward 2 precinct 1, said the turnout was low, as expected. It didn't appear that having a local candidate in the Senate race had a signficant impact on turnout, she said.

"People say that it's important to them, that's what makes me mad, they say that, but where are they?" DiCato said.

Dante DiSerio, 61, and his mother, Carmelina, 85, cast ballots for different candidates Tuesday afternoon at the community center.

DiSerio, a retired letter carrier, said he voted for Stephen Lynch because of his history supporting the letter carriers union, while his mother voted for Markey.

"I've known Ed for a long time, but I think Lynch is pretty good," DiSerio said. "Eddie's a career politician, nothing against him, but nobody should be doing it for that long."

Carmelina DiSerio said she thought Markey had served the area well in
his 36 years in Congress -- and he is a familiar face.

"I know the family very well," she said. "My oldest son went to school
with all the Markey brothers."

At the Medford Senior Center, near Markey's Congressional office in Medford Square, the turnout was also low, but slightly better than expected, Warden Rosemary Bagnell said. A total of 301 ballots had been cast as of 1:10 p.m.

"I think the weather has been a good factor," she said.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.


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