Voter Turnout Down in Cuyahoga and Lorain County

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While congressional redistricting drew new voting lines in Ohio, it also gave birth to a new battle ground, Lorain County.

Democratic U.S. House Representatives Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich, have been campaigning long and hard in Lorain County as they tried to garner votes for the newly created 9th Congressional District seat.

But despite the fact that the area could ultimately decide the congressional election, voter turnout in Lorain County has been down.

Paul Adams, Director of the Lorain County Board of Elections says he was out at numerous polling locations in the early afternoon and many poll workers told him voter turnout was light.

“Talking with some of the poll workers, who have worked at these locations for many years, they tell me that voter turnout is down compared to years past,” said Adams. “The workers did tell me that the locations have always gotten busier after 5:00 p.m., once everyone starts to get out of work.”

According to Adams, despite the political high stakes created by the new 9th Congressional District, the lower turnout could be forecasted.

“We anticipated as much after seeing our absentee ballot numbers,” Adams said. “In 2008 we had approximately 7,000 absentee ballots mailed in by this time, today that number is around 5,000.”

Meanwhile in Cuyahoga County voter turnout has been greater than expected thus far according to Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Executive Director Jane Platten.

“We are at 18% turnout, I think by the end of the night we will be at 25% turnout total,” said Platten.

Platten added though, that much like Lorain County, compared to past Super Tuesdays voter turnout is down.

According to Platten, the BOE in Cuyahoga County is expecting to count between 250,000 and 270,000 votes tonight. She says that in the 2008 March primary, those numbers were nearly doubled.

Platten says that the highest number of voters, as expected, have been registered republicans.

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