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Turnout almost hits election officials' predictions

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    People vote at East Park Recreation Center in Elyria on Nov. 8.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Election turnout in Lorain County on Tuesday came in just under what election officials had predicted.

Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said 139,563 of the county’s 206,404 registered voters cast ballots, a turnout of 67.6 percent.

Adams had predicted turnout of 68 percent, while Deputy Director Jim Kramer had predicted 70 percent.

Turnout was just under 68 percent in 2012 and hit 72.5 percent in 2008.

The final turnout number likely will be higher once 3,999 provisional ballots are reviewed. Election officials also expect a few more of the 2,600 outstanding mail-in absentee ballots will still trickle in as well.

Overall, Adams said there were few problems reported during Tuesday’s election and the results for the county came out far sooner than he had originally anticipated.

“I’m very thankful things went so smoothly,” Adams said.

The Chronicle-Telegram received a few complaints from voters, including one North Ridgeville man who said he when he arrived at his polling place he was told he had already voted. He said elections officials were able to clear him to vote after a review.

Adams said he couldn’t speak to that exact issue, but that sometimes voters are accidentally counted as the wrong voter often because of a similar name or family relation. For instance, he said a father and daughter voting in Lorain on Tuesday got mixed up in the system, but both were able to cast ballots.

He also said that two voters who lived in Carlisle Township and were supposed to vote on the Elyria Schools levy issue ended up coming to the elections board’s offices to get ballots after they had problems voting at their polling place.

Adams said elections observers from the Democratic and Republican parties also raised some issues with voting officials, but those were mostly centered on the ins and outs of casting provisional ballots.

He also said there were no reports of voter intimidation in the county that he was aware of, but that early in the day elections officials had to move political signs back outside the 100 foot “neutral zone” at a polling place in Henrietta Township.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.



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