Biden gets near sweep in Hampshire County amid strong voter turnout

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Published: 11/5/2020 2:28:25 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pulled off a near sweep of Hampshire County communities as voters turned out in big numbers to choose the next president.

According to unofficial results, voter turnout topped 80% in Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Middlefield, Pelham, Plainfield, Southampton, South Hadley, Williamsburg, Worthington and Northampton — and turnout in many of these cities and towns was well above that mark.

The biggest voter turnout was reported in Cummington, which hit a whopping 93%. Out of the town’s 634 registered voters, 592 cast votes.

In Northampton and Easthampton, the county’s two cities, voter turnout hit 82%.

In Easthampton, the figure marked the highest turnout in a presidential election since 1988, when turnout was 85%. However, in terms of votes cast, the 10,559 marks a high watermark in the city’s history, according to the unofficial election results. Voter turnout in the 2016 general election was 80%.

Easthampton City Clerk Barbara LaBombard said that interest in the presidential race, combined with the different options for voting, including mail-in voting, increased turnout this election season.

“We worked really really hard,” LaBombard said. “I am proud of all my workers.”

Amherst had the county’s lowest turnout this election at 69%. In Holyoke, turnout was 58%.

In the presidential race, Biden has won every community in Hampshire County that had reported results as of Wednesday night, with the exception of Ware. Ware voted for Trump in 2016. On Tuesday, Trump beat Biden in Ware by 100 votes, 2,440 to 2,340, according to the unofficial results.

Granby was another town that voted for Trump in 2016, but in 2020 Biden carried it with 2,039 votes to 1,802 for Trump.

“I knew it would be close,” Granby Town Clerk Katherine Kelly-Regan said.

Kelly-Regan said there has been a lot of interest in the presidential race, as well as a lot of younger voters participating in the election. Voter turnout was 81% in Granby, with 3,945 of the town’s 4,855 registered voters casting ballots.

Unofficial results can shift in Massachusetts as ballots postmarked by or before Election Day can still be counted if they are received up to three days after the election, with overseas mailed ballots given a 10-day window after the election, provided they are postmarked by Election Day.

Ballot questions

Question 2, which would have implemented ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts, was defeated statewide, though it passed in Hampshire County, securing 55% of the vote, according to results available Wednesday.

Question 1, however, swept the table. The ballot measure, which updates the state’s “right to repair” law, easily won every community in Hampshire County where results were available, as well as in Holyoke.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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