The number of ballots cast by Bay State voters this week was the highest ever for a midterm election, the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office announced Friday.
With almost 2.7 million participating voters, the voter turnout percentage was also at a 24-year high for a midterm election — surpassing Secretary Bill Galvin’s earlier pre-election estimate of an expected 2.4 million voters.
Election officials anticipate the number of ballots to keep growing as provisional, military, and overseas ballots come in, according to a statement from Galvin’s office.
Once the final votes are tallied, this year’s turnout should eclipse 50 percent statewide, considering 4,574,967 voters are registered in Massachusetts.
Since 1994, registering to vote has become easier, which has allowed for more voters overall, Debra O’Malley, a spokeswoman for Galvin’s office, told Boston.com. The higher number of voters is an explanation for why the state saw lower midterm election turnout percentages over the past two decades, she said.
In 2010 and 2014, approximately 2.3 million and 2.2 million voters, respectively, turned out to the polls, Galvin said earlier this week.