Voters turned out in droves yesterday to decide the mayoral race and several others in the city, with the highest numbers since Mayor Thomas Menino was first elected in 1993.

“It’s been smooth as silk,” said Geraldine Cuddyer, chair of the city’s elections department.

Lines were seen at some of the 156 polling locations early, notably Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury. In all 111,067 — 31.16 percent — had voted.


Incumbent Thomas Menino was given plenty of support in Hyde Park, where he lives. The crowd outside the L Street Bath House in South Boston were in favor of Flaherty.

“He’s from here. He’s our guy,” said Lauren O’Connor.

While some were passionate about the process which saw over 30 percent of the voting population cast a ballot, others just took it all in stride.

“I didn’t feel terribly strong,” said Ron Lacey, 39, of Allston. “I just like Tom Menino.”

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