SHEFFIELD TWP. – Only 42,763 of Lorain County’s 209,190 registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primary election, according to county Board of Elections Director Paul Adams.
That amounts to a turnout of 21.8 percent, Adams said, well below the 30 percent turnout he had predicted.
“I figured it would be higher,” he said. “I don’t know whether it was the weather or what, but this was a very, very low turnout election.
The highest turnout — 40.3 percent — came in Amherst, where voters shot down a levy that would have helped fund a community recreation center.
Avon, where voters passed a renewal levy for the schools, had the second highest turnout with 24.8 percent, Adams said.
Lorain, which saw a renewal levy pass for Lorain Schools as well as the defeat of Mayor Tony Krasienko in the Democratic primary, had a turnout of 20.9 percent. In Elyria, where Mayor Bill Grace lost in the Democratic primary, voter turnout was nearly 16.5 percent, Adams said.
Despite a disappointing turnout, Adams said Tuesday’s election went relatively smoothly.
The biggest issue came in Lorain, where General Johnnie Wilson Middle School, which serves as a polling location, was locked down for about 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon while police responded to the shooting death of Kevin Calhoun in the 1400 block of West 17th Street.
Even after the lockdown ended there was a law enforcement presence at the school to make sure there were no problems with the remainder of the election.
Adams said that poll workers present during the lockdown were interviewed to determine whether any voters missed out on the chance to cast a ballot because of the lockdown.
Poll workers reported few — if any — voters tried to enter the school during the lockdown. He said the precincts at the school traditionally have a low voter turnout.
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