October 22, 2014

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Voter turnout of just over 13 percent is lowest in recent memory, official says

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout was sparse for Tuesday’s primary election.

Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said countywide turnout was 13.37 percent. Unofficial elections returns showed that just 28,073 of the county’s 213,085 registered voters showed up to cast a ballot.

It’s the lowest turnout in recent memory, Adams said.

“That’s unbelievable,” he said.

Adams, who had predicted turnout would be around 20 percent, said typically countywide levies draw voters out in greater numbers, even if it’s far lower than in presidential or gubernatorial election years. Voters across the county approved levies for the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Lorain County Drug Task Force. They rejected a levy for Lorain County Transit.

At 6.96 percent, the lowest voter turnout in the county was in Avon, he said.

The highest was in Avon Lake, with a turnout of 35.13 percent. Voters there approved a new levy for Avon Lake Schools.