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Boston, Lawrence, among cities electing mayors Tuesday

Turnout is going to vary widely across MA on Tuesday, Nov. 7, but Boston is likely to see just 90,000 people cast ballots, according to Bill Galvin, the state's elections chief.

Dozens of municipalities hold municipal and legislative special elections Tuesday.

Galvin stressed that he was guessing and said turnout numbers can be hard to project.

That's about 90,000 voters - well below the 142,000 cast in 2013 when Marty Walsh claimed the open Boston mayoral seat. Framingham was formerly known as Massachusetts' largest town.

"These are really important elections at every level", Galvin told reporters Monday.

One concern Galvin has with local elections is that people can have a tendency to go back to neighborhoods where they used to live, thinking they can still vote there.

Galvin said state elections officials paid a visit to Lawrence last week, meeting with local officials and campaign representatives in order to prep for Election Day.

"That is not proper".

He said a number of the City Council seats were uncontested this year, and the City Councilor at-large race wasn't as intense this election, leading to the expected lower turnout.

"In state elections there is a look-back period of a few months, and that's a different set of rules", he said.

While he said his focus Tuesday is on protecting the rights of voters who show up at the polls, Galvin noted a "troubled past" and competency issues in Boston with regard to handling local elections and said his office will be ready to get involved after Tuesday if evidence of fraud is presented.



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