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About 26% of voters turn out Tuesday

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Huron County elections officials are pleased with Tuesday's general election.

"I think all things considered, it went really well," said Tom Gerrity, director of the county Board of Elections.

He said voter turnout was low with just 26.69 percent of registered voters going to the polls.

Gerrity said elections officials had to deal with a couple of minor computer glitches early in the day Tuesday, but he didn't believe any voters had to wait long to cast their vote. "Some people were upset they had to go through the line twice," he said.

Federal law requires a separate, special election to fill federal seats so voters choosing the Republican and Democratic nominees for the 5th District Congressional seat left open with the unexpected death of Paul Gillmore (R-Tiffin) had to cast two ballots.

Deputy Director Sharon Locke said the two elections had to be handled separately so that meant more work than in a normal election.

She said Board of Elections staffers headed home about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. Gerrity was back in the office at 8 a.m. and Locke was back before 8:30 a.m.

"Considering we had a ton of new people, it went well," she said. Locke explained that all precincts in which Gov. Ted Strickland won last November had to have Democrats as presiding judges. That meant 45 precincts had new presiding judges because the county only had two Democratic presiding judges in the past.

Board of Elections staff will now verify all absentee ballots cast Monday and also all provisional ballots. Voters can fill out provisional ballots if they are registered voters in the state, but their name did not appear on the official precinct list, they have moved or changed their name without notifying the Board of Elections or they did not have approved photo identification when they went to vote.

Gerrity said his staff has 10 days to verify those provisional votes are legal.

Then it will be time to start planning and gearing up for the next election on Dec. 11. The special election for the 5th Congressional seat will be held on that Tuesday.

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