BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin thinks turnout next Tuesday for the primary elections could be less than 20-percent.

Despite the primaries for governor, Galvin said the lack of local races might keep people away from the ballot box September 9.

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“I’m very concerned. We were required to move the primary a week earlier to comply with federal law, so it may take people a bit by surprise, especially with a late summer heat,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

“There hasn’t been a great sign of interest so far.”

Galvin also points out that more than 53-percent of Massachusetts voters are registered as independent and they’re less likely to vote in a primary.

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Independents are eligible to cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican party races, but Galvin said most of them don’t.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

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