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Lorain County turnout higher than expected -- but still low


SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout Tuesday was a bit higher than election officials were anticipating, but the numbers still were low.

Only 13,246 of the 109,055 register voters who had races or issues to vote on in the county voted, according to Board of Elections Director Paul Adams.

Adams and Deputy Director James Kramer had both predicted about 9 percent voter turnout, but on Tuesday 12.15 percent of the county voters came out to vote.

Other than an issue at the Italian American Veterans Post in Lorain where a poll worker had to be taken to the hospital with possible carbon monoxide poisoning, Adams said the primary election ran smoothly.

There were 77 provisional ballots cast in the election. There also are 114 outstanding Democratic absentee ballots, 14 outstanding Republican absentee ballots and 80 issues-only outstanding absentee ballots.

In order for the outstanding absentee ballots to be considered valid, they must arrive within the next 10 days and be postmarked May 6 or before.

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