Election 2012

Primary in Massachusetts Today

Turnout low. The real fight is in November


Primary voting is underway across Massachusetts today in a state where the majority of registered voters do not align themselves with any political party. And at the Boys & Girls Club at 15 Talbot Ave. in Dorchester, voting was sparse, with only 19 people casting ballots in the 3½ hours since the Ward 14 precinct opened.

"A great number of people just don't realize the importance of it," said Patricia Courtney, the warden of the precinct. "And they need to remember their ninth-grade civics class."

Courtney said that with such a low projected turnout, that name recognition is everything.