Tuesday August 28, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The Secretary of State's office reports that Berkshire County has 87,861 residents registered to vote in the Sept. 6 primary.

Secretary of State William Galvin's office is confirming that 4.1 million Massachusetts residents have registered to vote in the state primary election.

Galvin's office announced Tuesday that of those registered to vote in the primary, more than 35 percent are registered as Democrats while more than 11 percent are registered as Republicans. Nearly 53 percent of those registered were unenrolled. The deadline to register was Aug. 17.

The latest voter data also shows Berkshire County has the fourth highest percentage, nearly 37 percent, of registered Democrats among the state's 14 counties, and the fourth lowest percentage of registered Republican voters at slightly more than 9 percent. The vast number of county voters, nearly 53 percent, are not enrolled in either major party.

Barnstable County had the highest proportion of Republicans registered at more than 16 percent. Suffolk County had the highest percentage of Democrats registered, at nearly 54 percent.

Massachusetts voters who registered for the September primary will be able to vote on some statewide, congressional district, state Legislature and local races.

Berkshire County has one major countywide contest in the primary, for 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The other contest is for Middle Berkshire register of Deeds, which includes Pittsfield and 12 other towns around it.

View a breakdown of voter registration below: Sept.6.2012.State.primary.party.registration