Voter Turnout Slightly Higher Than Officials Expected

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CLEVELAND-- Election officials say a few more people showed up at the polls on Tuesday than first expected.

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Cuyahoga County Elections Board Director Pat McDonald predicted on election night that somewhere around 30% of eligible voters cast ballots.

That number, slightly higher than McDonald had thought earlier, may be attributable in part to Tuesday's moderate weather.

It is still far below a presidential election year, and even some other general elections.

"There really were not the type of emotional issues on the ballot that tend to bring more people to the polls," McDonald said.

Except for some minor glitches, McDonald said the election went smoothly.

He said the initial lower interest in this election made recruiting poll workers more challenging. And he said, what many people don't realize, is that a low voter general election takes just about as much work as a presidential election.

"We still have the same number of precincts," McDonald said.

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