BOSTON - Massachusetts officials predicted 2.4 million residents would turn out to vote in this year's midterm elections. Days after the election, officials say voter turnout is approaching 2.7 million.
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said Friday that the 2018 state election saw more voters cast ballots in a midterm election than ever before in Mass. history. Galvin says as a percentage of registered voters, the number of ballots cast would also represent the highest turnout in a midterm election in Massachusetts in 24 years.
Officials say the number of ballots cast will continue to rise as local officials count provisional ballots, as well as military and overseas ballots mailed in. Ballots mailed from overseas are counted if they arrive by November 16, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day. Provisional ballots are cast by voters who do not appear on the list of voters, but who claim to have registered to vote. Provisional ballots are counted after Election Day, if the voter’s eligibility can be confirmed.
Local election officials must certify all results by November 21.
Relive the results from this year's historic election across Massachusetts.
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