Good weather and compelling issues spur high voter turnout

Good weather and compelling issues brought voters to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Elections officials in Ohio say they are expecting a 40 percent voter turnout on Tuesday.

Good weather and compelling issues brought voters to the polls, officials said. Polls were busy across the Mahoning Valley.

Struthers resident Theodora Giancola said she is a frequent voter.

“I’ve voted since the age of 18,” she said. “I wont tell you my age as of now, but I’ve been voting a long time.”

In Mahoning County, new electronic poll books are being used county wide for the first time. Giancola said she likes the change.

“You go and vote, you come back, you slip it in the machine, and it’s over,” she said. “It’s simple, it’s easier and less commotion.”

Voter Demi Francisco said everyone has a duty to vote.

“Whether they work out in your favor or not, you should still do what you think is right.”

There were few problems reported on Tuesday.

An extra machine was delivered to the Canfield precinct to help prevent long lines. Other machines in Columbiana and Trumbull counties were repaired in the field.

Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta said she is surprised by the high turnout.

“Something is driving the voters,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s Issue 2 or 3, but there is something that’s making people want to go vote today, so that’s a good thing for me.”

The polls are open until 7:30 p.m. in Ohio and 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania.

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