Local Boards of Elections prepare for Tuesday’s election

Local Boards of Elections are preparing for Tuesday's general election.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Board of Elections said everything is ready for Tuesday’s election.

“We’re going to be ready for 6:30 tomorrow morning with everything up and running, I hope, knock on wood,” said Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

Kale-Pesta has said she expects turnout between 30 and 32 percent on Tuesday, but board member Dave Betras said he disagrees.

“You know the marijuana issue, Issue Number Three and Issue Two, are going to spike a little bit, so I’m going to look at around a 40 percent turnout,” he said. “I’m going to trump what Joyce Kale-Pesta said, that it’ll be in the 30s. I think it’ll hit 40 percent.”

In Warren, the corner of Youngstown Road and Eastland Avenue — at the entrance of the Trumbull County Board of Elections — was decorated with signs of the season, while inside the Trumbull Board was also meeting.

As employees answered phones and questions — the most common of which were voter registration and polling location questions — there was more agreement among those in charge concerning voter turnout.

“I’m expecting about 40 percent,” said Trumbull County Board of Elections Director Stephanie Penrose, who added that the number was high for a general election year.

“It’s a little bit unique because it’s an odd year election. Typically, turnout is going to be lower, but I think that, however, we’re going to buck that trend tomorrow. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had 35 percent or above turnout, whereas normally, we may have below 25 percent,” said Trumbull County Board of Elections Chairman Mark Alberini.

WKBN also talked with Adam Booth, director of the Columbiana County Board of Elections, who said he expects a turnout of 30 to 35 percent. Jeff Greenburg, director of the Mercer County Board of Elections, is estimating around 30 percent.

Several viewers have sent in concerns using the Report It feature on WKBN’s website, saying someone has put a card in their door telling them their polling location has changed. If you received one of these cards, or are just not sure where you go to vote, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website or the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website to find polling locations in your county.

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