Bostonians turn out to polls in preliminary mayoral election

BOSTON — Traditionally the voter turnout in Boston’s preliminary elections is low. But there was certainly a strong turnout this year as the city makes history with all-female front runners.

The forecast was picture-perfect for voting. Some voters admit the historic decision for mayor inspired them to vote in the preliminary round. Greg DePaulo was voting in East Boston and he agreed the magnitude of the decision got him out to vote.

“Yes it did, yes, because there is a big a list; that’s an issue that many [people] running for mayor. Like to narrow that down,” DePaulo said.

Gail Hoffman voted at the Boston Public Library in Back Bay.

“I wish I could say I always voted but I don’t. But there was such a wide variety this year that I wanted to make sure I helped get certain people through,” Hoffman said.

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Boston 25 News went to five different areas of the city from East Boston to Dorchester to West Roxbury to Allston/Brighton to Back Bay. Voters all agree this is a big one but why is where they differ.

Betty McGuire had just finished up voting in Dorchester and told us her priorities.

“Equity in housing. I mean it is pathetic. I have nine children and my children have to come back and live with me because they can’t find affordable housing,” McGuire said.

Scraps Lin voted in Allston.

“The eviction moratorium. I think rent control as well as housing rights are one of the most important things to me as well as police reform,” Lin said.

Jenny Lapollo was voting in West Roxbury.

“I think the BPS system is the most important thing. I want the candidate who is going to do the most to help the schools,” Lapollo said.