August 30, 2014

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Election roundup: 99,557 ballots cast in Lorain County

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout Tuesday in Lorain County was 47.7 percent, according to county Board of Elections Director Paul Adams.

A total of 99,557 voters cast ballots either Tuesday or by voting early either the mail or at the elections board’s offices.

Adams had hoped for a higher turnout and had predicted Monday that about 55 percent of the county’s 207,227 registered voters would cast ballots.

During the last gubernatorial election four years ago, turnout was about 54.5 percent and during the presidential election turnout was about 72.5 percent.

Adams said voting went smoothly throughout the county.

The only significant problem, he said, was a person distributing campaign literature within 100 feet of the entrance to entrance to the North Ridgeville Senior Center. By law advocates of candidates and issues must remain outside that distance.

Adams said the man refused to move back when asked to do so by poll workers, but did move when county sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Another issue that came up was concerns from Lorain County Community College officials, who had received calls that the issue the college was trying to pass wasn’t showing up on electronic voting machines in two Lorain polling places.

Adams said he had staffers check the machines and they did have the issue programmed in. The college called back later, Adams said, and he offered to let officials from the school go down to the polling locations to check the machines.

He said LCCC President Roy Church and two other college officials made a brief tour to check the machines and again found that the ballot issue was in place.

Adams said requests to check the machines aren’t uncommon and usually come from school superintendents who are called by supporters who tell them they couldn’t find the issue on their ballot.

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