Sara Jane Kaminski reads the
Boston Globe as she waits to cast her vote on Election Day in the
South End.  (AP

Voter turnout is significantly higher than four
years ago in the Bay State, with almost 200,000 ballots cast by 3
p.m., elections officials said.  This Election Day has brought 17 percent more
Massachusetts residents to the polls than in 2004.

Jamaica Plain has had the greatest turnout at
the polls, with 49.09 percent of registered voters completing ballots
so far. Residents in Somerville, Boston’s South End, Pittsfield and
Lawrence lined up for blocks at their respective polling stations in
the unusual 60-degree temperatures earlier today.

– Maria Chutchian