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Voter turnout higher than expected around Western Mass.

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Voters have been out casting their ballots since 8 a.m. and officials around Western Mass were reporting higher than expected voter turnout numbers on Tuesday afternoon.

Greenfield – Town officials say the polls have been consistently busy with just a couple of short lulls. They say they expect it to remain busy throughout the day.

Northampton – City Clerk Wendy Mazza initially predicted a 30 to 35 percent voter turnout, but believes it could end up between 50 and 55 percent.

Palmer – Officials expected at least 40 percent before Tuesday, but now think it could be around 45 percent. They say voter attendance historically picks up between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. before slowing down.

Westfield – Officials say they have had a heavy turnout, and were very busy between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. There was also a small rush during lunch. They say it will get busy again around 4 p.m. They expect to see about a 50 percent voter turnout. 

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