November 26, 2014


Voter turnout well below expectations

Residents vote Tuesday at Cross Community Church just before the polls closed. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Residents vote Tuesday at Cross Community Church just before the polls closed. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Lorain County was far lower than elections officials expected.

CountyBoard of Elections Director Paul Adams said only 57,958 of the county’s 202,286 registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial returns.

That’s a turnout rate of 28.7 percent.

“I’m very surprised it’s that low,” Adams, who had predicted turnout of around 37 percent, said.

Although off-year elections tend to have lower turnout than presidential or even gubernatorial elections, this year’s turnout was down from even previous odd-year elections.

In 2009, turnout was about 43 percent. In 2011, it was 47 percent, something elections officials have attributed to mayoral races in the county’s two most populous cities, Lorain and Elyria.

There were only two countywide issues on this year’s ballot, a levy for LorainCountyCommunity College, which appears to have narrowly passed, and a sales tax hike that voters resoundingly rejected.

“The two countywide issues just weren’t enough to bring out large voter turnout,” Adams said, adding that city, township and schools races also didn’t appear to draw out voters.

Beyond the low turnout, Adams said he wasn’t aware of any significant problems Election Day.

“Really, it was very uneventful,” he said.

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  • stop ur whining

    if you do not vote…you NEVER have any right to complain about the state of you government at any level whether it be city, state, or federal.

    • Tom

      even if you do vote, you’ll still have a bloated, out of touch government.

      • stop ur whining

        an argument that you are free to make once you have voted. you can not be upset at your current representation if you have not cast a vote for or against it.

    • seanmacnair

      I do vote, why I do not know, maybe I’ve been brainwashed by hyper-patriotic folk who think voting actually matters anymore, as if voting out one group of crooks so a new group of crooks can take their place is somehow a noble pursuit. But voting or not voting has nothing to do with whether I have the right to complain. First Amendment already gives me that right.

      • stop ur whining

        the right to free speech is something you will always have, that is correct. but to not vote and then complain about your elected officials is the height of hypocrisy. its like ur wife asking what you want for dinner, you give her no answer, then criticize what she makes for you. good for you that you vote!