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Voter Turnout Average So Far in Primary

Town Clerk Lawrence Murphy expects voter turnout to hit around 15 percent.

Voters have been showing up to cast their ballots in the State Primary today in Andover, but not in huge numbers. However, Town Clerk Lawrence Murphy said that the primaries don't typically get any where near the turnout that a presidential election gets.

"It's been slow but steady," said Murphy around 3:30 p.m. today.

Murphy expects about a 15 percent voter turnout for the primary, about the same as a town election. There were 22,580 registered voters as of last May, with 15 percent being 3,387 voters.

"That's typical for a state primary," said Murphy.

In 2010, Andover saw roughly a 29 percent voter turnout for the primary and 11 percent voter turnout for the 2008 primary.

"This is sort of middle of the road," said Murphy.

Murphy said that the definitely brought the activity up.

"If it weren't for that (the State Senate race) we'd be much lower," said Murphy.

Andover voters are casting ballots at the Field House and the . The polls

Check back with Andover Patch for election results as soon as they come in tonight.

V. Scheurich September 09, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

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