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Tuesday election turnout lower than 2006 in Salem

Posted by Sean Teehan  November 4, 2010 10:49 AM

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Tuesday's mid-term election, which featured what Governor Deval Patrick called "the greatest get out the vote effort in the history of Massachusetts politics," failed to attract a noticeable voter increase in Salem.

According to the Salem Election Division's unofficial count yesterday, 13,623 people showed up at polls. The number fell short of the 2006 mid-term elections, when 13,866 residents voted.

This year's election did see a rise in voters from the January special Senate election in which Scott Brown defeated Attorney General Martha Coakley. However a greater percentage of voters participated in that election.

While the 12,574 votes counted in January's election are 1,049 fewer votes than Tuesday's, the special Senate election had a 60 percent voter turnout.

"People weren't energized, and you can speculate that... at the local level, there weren't thrilling or exciting candidates," said Robert Brown, a communications professor at Salem State University.

Brown added that the statewide candidates may not have done enough to appeal to voters in Salem and surrounding areas.

"The larger message... perhaps did not get out as strongly in the district," Brown said.

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