Boston officials say 34.3 percent of eligible city voters had cast ballots by 6 p.m.



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BOSTON — Election officials in Boston say more than one-third of eligible voters in the city had cast their ballots by 6 p.m.

The state capital and by far the largest city in New England is home to more than 380,000 of Massachusetts' total 4.3 million registered voters.

Two hours before the closing of polls on Tuesday, officials say more than 131,000 residents had voted in Boston, representing 34.3 percent of the city's eligible voters.

Secretary of State William Galvin's office does not track voter turnout through Election Day, nor do other major cities. But Galvin predicted earlier that nearly 2.3 million Massachusetts voters would cast ballots. That's close to the number who voted in 2006, the last time there was an open race for governor.

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