August 22, 2014

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Extremely low voter turnout reported

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Lorain County for Tuesday’s primary election was far lower than it was four years ago, the last time there was a presidential nominating contest on the ballot.

County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said 54,795 voters cast a ballot Tuesday. They accounted 26.6 percent of the county’s 206,202 registered voters.

In 2008, 89,381 voters went to the polls for the primary election. That was a turnout of 47.4 percent, Adams said.

On Monday, Adams had predicted a turnout of 40 percent.

He said the small number of issues on the ballot, coupled with an apparent lack of interest in the contested races that were on the ballot, probably led to the lower turnout.

Even some of the county’s more Republican-leaning areas had low turnout, he said.

Adams said the election went relatively smoothly with the only major problem being a bomb threat that was called into General Johnnie Wilson Middle School in Lorain that led to the school being evacuated for an hour. The polling place at the school was closed during that time and voters who showed up were asked to wait or return later.

In May 2011, the school also was locked down during the primary election because of a fatal shooting that took place in the city.

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