Of the three wards voting during the preliminary election Tuesday in Malden, Ward 8 has seen the strongest turnout, according to Carol Ann Desiderio, assistant registrar of voters for the city.
As of 3 p.m., Ward 8's turnout was estimated to be greater than Wards 1 and 3, according to Desiderio. "Based on the amount of voters who have made it out to the polls so far today, Ward 8 has seen the most activity with approximately a 6 (percent) turnout," Desiderio said. "Wards 3 and 1 are showing 4 (percent) and 3 (percent), respectively. We are hoping parents who pick up their children after school will take the time to vote while they are there."
The turnout for the preliminary election on Tuesday in Malden has been "very, very slow," according to Carol Ann Desiderio, assistant registrar of voters for the city.
"We're hoping to break 10 percent today," Desiderio said. She noted that only six of 16 total precincts— two precincts in Ward 1, two in Ward 3 and two in Ward 8—are voting today, which may be why voter turnout has been low thus far.
With voting running from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Desiderio anticipates getting the usual bump in voting during people's lunch breaks between noon and 2 p.m., as well as a secondary run of voters returning home from work between 4-8 p.m.
Voting totals were not immediately available. We'll post any voting tallies we receive prior to the election's conclusion.