Moderate turnout expected

Tom Gerrity, director of the Huron County Board of Elections, said he expects a moderate turnout today and voters should not have to wait long to cast a ballot. "The longest line I've heard of is four people waiting," he said this morning. "We had a couple of bumps getting our machines up and running.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Tom Gerrity, director of the Huron County Board of Elections, said he expects a moderate turnout today and voters should not have to wait long to cast a ballot.

"The longest line I've heard of is four people waiting," he said this morning. "We had a couple of bumps getting our machines up and running.

"We've had anything from lines of three or four people and other precincts have been slow. It just depends on the precinct," he added.

Gerrity said he had to scramble to get replacements for several poll workers in the last few days. "It was difficult to get enough workers. We had several people cancel toward the end," he said. "They had good, valid reasons health issues, admission to the hospital."

Gerrity said about 10 workers had to be replaced in the last week.

The 52 precincts across the county are manned by 208 poll workers.

Gerrity said the county also is using four students from Willard High School as greeters at four locations in Willard.

He said the students were working at sites that had more than one precinct. The teens were directing voters to the proper precinct and reminding them that two elections are being held today the regular election and a special primary election to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for the 5th Congressional seat left open after Paul Gillmor's (R-Tiffin) death.

He said the board of elections used three high school students as regular poll workers two years ago. "They worked out fine," he said.

Gerrity said his office also is processing absentee ballots today.