Election Day 2017 has arrived.
Voters in more than 70 communities across the state will head to the polls Tuesday for municipal and special elections.
In Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is facing a challenge from City Councilor Tito Jackson. In Framingham, Museum of Science vice president Yvonne Spicer and former state representative John Stefanini are vying to become the first mayor. In Lawrence, Mayor Daniel Rivera is running against former mayor William Lantigua. In Newton, veteran city councilors Scott F. Lennon and Ruthanne Schwartz Fuller are vying to succeed Mayor Setti Warren.
At the Holgate Apartments where Jackson voted just after 7am, voter Jerry Ready showed up with a “Tito” sign. Ready, who lives on the Dorchester, Roxbury line said Jackson speaks to the issues that matter to him and to the community.
“I was homeless for years, and I finally got a room for $600, which in Boston, is a steal, believe me. That’s the main thing that I’m supporting him for, the housing stance,” Ready said.
Walsh, too, voted early this morning at the Lower Mills Library and was expected to accompany his mother to vote in Dorchester later this morning.
In Boston, low voter turnout is expected. Secretary of State William Galvin, the state’s top election official, predicted turnout could be as low as 90,000, or about 23 percent of the city’s eligible voters.
During Boston’s primary in September, just 56,000 votes were cast.
In an effort to bring out more voters, Washington Gateway Main Street, a non-profit group that focuses on preservation and development opportunities in the South End and Roxbury, is promoting different business that offer free gifts and discount deals to customers who show an “I Voted” sticker.