December 20, 2014

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Weather shouldn’t cool voter turnout

County’s first taste of winter expected this Election Day

The county Board of Elections said the area’s first taste of winter shouldn’t affect voter turnout at the polls today.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Dutter said of a steady flow of rain throughout the morning and afternoon hours could turn into a light dusting of snow by evening, but Elections Board Director Jose Candelario said about 40 percent of the county’s more than 76,000 registered voters are expected to turn out.

“The amount is on target for what’s expected in a municipal election,” Candelario said. “From a logistics perspective, we’ve prepared for everything we can. It’s up to the voters to do the rest.”

The Board of Elections is in charge of 104 voting centers throughout the county that’ll remain open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today — allowing many voters the chance to stop by on their way to or from work.

For those who go to the polls, make certain to grab some form of identification before heading out the door. The permitted forms of identification include your current and valid photo identification card, military identification, copy of utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or government document showing your name and current address.

A provisional ballot may be cast by those who cannot, or refuse to, provide the required proof of identification.

Candelario said for about 6,000 voters, the weather won’t play a role in casting their ballots — it’s just a matter of following up and returning the absentee ballots they requested.

As for the weather, Dutter said,“There won’t be any serious accumulation in Lorain County or the west side of Cleveland. But communities on the east side of Cleveland, and especially the snow belt, could see between 3 to 4 inches (of snow).”

Dutter said Lake Erie’s 50-degree temperature will keep the snow from developing along the county’s lakeshore. But communities south of Interstate 90 likely will see snow.

“This time of year, the temperature makes all the difference in what type of precipitation certain locations see,” he said.

Wind speeds are expected to be slightly higher than the 30-to-35 mph gusts reached Monday and could result in wind-chill temperatures dipping into the lower 30s.

The high temperature likely will be in the mid-40s until a slight warm-up sometime this weekend, Dutter said, but no one should expect to see anything unusual for this time of year.

“We’re in November now,” he said. “After a warm October, it might shock a lot of people, but this isn’t to be unexpected."

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.