3.6 million ballots were cast in MA in 2020 election, shattering previous voter turnout record

3.6 million ballots were cast in MA in 2020 election, shattering previous voter turnout record
Voters cast their ballots at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center in North Adams, Mass. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) (Gillian Jones)

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters shattered a record previously set in 2016 when they cast 3.6 million ballots in the 2020 election, the highest voter turnout the state has ever seen.

Local election officials said nearly 300,000 more votes were cast this year than in the 2016 election. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin announced 3,657,972 voters participated in this year’s election, which is equal to 76% of registered voters. The 2016 Presidential Election held the previous record for the highest number of ballots cast with 3,378,801 voters participating.

“I am thrilled that turnout in this election exceeded even my own high expectations, with a record number of voters participating” Galvin said. “Even in the midst of a global pandemic, our voters showed up in the way that worked best for them, whether it was on Election Day, by mail, or during early voting.”

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In a press conference held the day before Election Day, Galvin had projected that 3.6 million ballots would be cast, based on his analysis of early and absentee voting.


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