Boston Turnout Low Through Afternoon

Barbara and Ed Tobin cast their votes at the Zelma Lacey house in Charlestown.
Barbara and Ed Tobin cast their votes at the Zelma Lacey house in Charlestown. –The Boston Globe

As of 6 p.m., only 12.37 percent of eligible voters in Boston had turned out to vote in the State Primary Election, according to the city’s election department. That translates to 47,034 eligible voters.

Turnout was expected to be low, but Secretary of State William F. Galvin still expressed optimism that state-wide ballots cast might range from 500,000 and 900,000 votes.

It’s been a slow trickle of voters throughout the day, according to updates from the Election Department. By 9 a.m., only 2.68 percent of registered voters had punched a ballot. By noon, it had crept to 5.8 percent. Only 8.86 percent had voted by 3 p.m..

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