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This year’s Mass. midterm voter turnout was the highest in history

There was a steady flow of voters at Whitman Town Hall on Election Day. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Massachusetts election officials announced this week that the state saw the highest number of ballots cast in a midterm election in history, with nearly 3 million votes recorded.

Local election officials finished certifying the results Wednesday, declaring a final turnout of 60.17 percent for the Nov. 6 midterm election, according to a tweet from the official Massachusetts Elections account.

This year also marked the highest midterm turnout percentage since 1994, the tweet said.

There were 4,574,967 voters who registered by the deadline. In total, 2,752,665 ballots were cast, the tweet said.

The election featured few competitive races, but the national political climate has been superheated after two years of the divisive, chaotic presidency of Republican Donald Trump.


Republican Governor Charlie Baker won handily, even though Massachusetts is a deeply blue state. The popular governor didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 and has criticized him on multiple issues.

Katie Camero can be reached at katie.camero@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @camerokt_.