Despite few contested local races, 5,727 Andover residents cast votes in Tuesday’s state primary election, according to unofficial results from the Town Clerk’s office.
Credit vote-by-mail rules, adopted for 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic and made permanent in Massachusetts last year, for 22.6 percent turnout of Andover’s 25,732 registered voters. While the unofficial results do not include information on how ballots were cast, Andover had received 3,265 requests for mail-in ballots as of Aug. 9, 20 days before the vote-by-mail application deadline. Tuesday’s election was the first midterm state primary under the rules allowing more widespread voting by mail.
By comparison, 7,980 Andover voters cast ballots in the state primary in 2020, which included Joseph Kennedy III challenging Sen. Edward Markey in the Democratic primary. In the last midterm state primary in 2018, 5,204 Andover voters went to the polls. That year’s ballot included an 10-way race in the Democratic primary for the MA-3 representative in Congress, which represents precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 in Andover. The race was narrowly won by Rep. Lori Trahan.
Voter Turnout By Year For State Primary In Andover
|2013 (Special State Primary)||2,279|
|2009 (Special State Primary)||3,480|
The biggest draws for Andover voters in this year’s primary were the contested statewide races, including Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Auditor. There were also Democratic primaries for Essex County District Attorney between James O’Shea and Paul Tucker and Essex County Sheriff between incumbent Kevin Coppinger and Virginia Leigh.
But the candidates running for the two seats representing Andover in the state House of Representatives and in the race for the state senator representing Andover ran unopposed in their primaries.
How Andover Voted In Tuesday’s State Primary
This document shows the unofficial results released by the Andover Town Clerk at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday:
Deadlines, Information For The Nov. 8 General Election In Andover
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election is Oct. 29, 2022. You can register to vote online or by visiting the Town Clerk’s office.
The deadline to submit a vote-by-mail application for the general election is Nov. 1. You’ll need to do this if you want to vote by mail and did not submit a request for your general election ballot when you applied to vote by mail in Tuesday’s primary.
The state will again allow towns, including Andover, to conduct early voting. Early voting will begin Oct. 22 through Nov. 4.
We’ll publish more specifics in our Andover Voters Guide when the election date draws closer.
Ballot For Nov. 8 General Election In Andover
With Tuesday’s primary in the books, here’s what the ballot will look like when voters head to the polls for the general election in November. Incumbents are marked with an asterisk (*).
Massachusetts State Senate, 2nd Essex & Middlesex
Barry Finegold (D)*
Sal DeFranco (R)
Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 17th Essex
Frank Moran (D)*
District includes precincts 2-4 in Andover.
Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 18th Essex
Tram Nguyen (D)*
Jeffrey DuFour (R)
District includes precincts 1 and 5-9 in Andover.
Essex County District Attorney
Paul Tucker (D)
Essex County Sheriff
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6
Seth Moulton (D)*
Robert May Jr. (R)
Maura Healey (D)
Geoff Diehl (R)
Kim Driscoll (D)
Leah Cole Allen (R)
Secretary Of State
William Galvin (D)*
Rayla Campbell (R)
Andrea Campbell (D)
James McMahaon (R)
Deb Goldberg (D)*
Diana DiZoglio (D)
Anthony Amore (R)
Governor’s Council District 5
Eileen Duff (D)*
Michael Walsh (R)