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Officials predict high turnout for today's election

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    David J. Kovacs, a technician for the Lorain County Board of Elections, sets up voting machines at Grace Baptist Church in South Amherst on Monday.

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County Board of Elections officials expect a rather high turnout for today’s general election.

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David J. Kovacs, a technician for the Lorain County Board of Elections, sets up voting machines at Grace Baptist Church in South Amherst on Monday.

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Elections board Director Paul Adams said that’s largely because he believes people will want to come out and vote for their local officeholders. While the only countywide issues on the ballot are renewals, which usually don’t tend to generate as much interest as requests for new money, Adams said the two state issues also will give the overall numbers a bump.

Certain elections are expected to bring out more voters in some areas than others.

“I think there are going to be certain parts of the county, and because it’s a local election year, you’re going to see a disparity,” Adams said. “I think you could see some of the highest turnout in our county in Vermilion and potentially Avon, with the school issue that’s on the ballot there. Then in some of our townships (there could be higher turnout), where some of the township trustee races have gotten somewhat contentious.”

Adams predicted that voter turnout would hit about 31 percent of the 207,865 registered voters in the county.

Deputy Director Jim Kramer was slightly more optimistic, predicting 34 percent of voters would show.

In the 2013 general election, there was a turnout of nearly 29 percent. In 2015, nearly 42 percent of the voters turned out to vote, which Kramer said was in part because of the marijuana issue on the budget that election, along with contested mayoral races in Elyria and Lorain.

Adams said 4,073 people cast in-person absentee ballots for this general election, and the board mailed out 4,725 mail-in ballots and had received 3,937 back, as of Monday.

Voters in Vermilion will cast their ballots for the city’s mayor to replace Mayor Eileen Bulan, who is not seeking another term.

The cities of Amherst, Avon Lake, Elyria, Lorain, North Ridgeville and Oberlin all have contested city council races, as do the villages of Sheffield Lake and Wellington with their village councils.

There also have been some changes to polling places across the county. According to Adams, Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Elyria and North Ridgeville have all seen some changes.

For example, the 3rd Ward of North Ridgeville has been divided into seven precincts, rather than the five it was divided into previously. All voters affected by the changes were mailed a notice informing them of the changes, Adams said.

If a voter has any question on where their polling place is located, check the Board of Elections website at www.loraincountyelections.com.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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