Boston (CNN) – Officials in Massachusetts are expecting a "pretty good turnout" Tuesday in the special election between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's U.S. senate seat.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Gavin on Monday predicted that 1.6 to 2.2 million votes would be cast in the pivotal election – more than double the number of votes cast during the primary elections. Gavin also said over 100,000 absentee ballots have been requested, though the actual number that are returend could be lower.
"People are coming out," Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Gavin told CNN on Tuesday. "Although it is hard to tell how well final turnout will be since they vote in waves."
A light snow is falling throughout most of the state, but McNiff says he doesn't think it is enough to keep many of the state's 4.5 million registered voters from casting a ballot. "I think the interest in this election will trump any bad weather," McNiff said.