November 24, 2014

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Today is Election Day

SHEFFIELD TWP. – It`s not a presidential election, but Lorain County elections board officials were still working hard Monday to prepare for today`s primary.

“It`s kind of a light election,” elections board Director Jose Candelario said.

The county won`t even have all of its 235 precincts open, he said, because communities such as Avon, South Amherst, Wellington and several townships don`t have any issues or primaries, he said.

Most of the contested primaries are between Democrats, such as the five-way race to replace retiring Elyria Municipal Court Judge John Musson. The winner of that race will face former county Prosecutor Gary Bennett, who is unopposed in the Republican primary, in the fall.

The only races where there are more Republicans than spots on the fall ballot are in the at-large city council races in Elyria and North Ridgeville, according to the elections board`s list of candidates.

There are also numerous levy issues on the ballot, including one for the Elyria Public Library, an income tax renewal in Lorain and an increase in the income tax in Sheffield.

Candelario said he expects voter turnout of between 16 percent and 20 percent around the county, with the highest turnout likely being in Elyria.

As of Monday afternoon, he said, 2,083 of the county`s voters have already cast their ballots either by mail or by voting early at the Elections Board office.

The polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

Candelario said he hopes to have the results posted on the elections board`s new Web site, www.loraincounty
elections.com by 10 p.m.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.