Voter turnout higher than expected

Voter turnout is higher than expected in Ohio.

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Election Day is well underway in Ohio and Pennsylvania. And even though it’s an off year, voter turnout has been higher than expected in many areas.

Over 10,000 people already cast their ballot through early voting in Ohio. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says more than 383,000 of the nearly 484,000 absentee ballots requested in this year’s general election have been cast.

Husted said an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of election as of Tuesday morning showed the majority of the absentee ballots cast were returned by mail and the rest in person.

Voted ballots can be delivered in person to boards of elections through the close of the polls Tuesday. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Election officials estimate turnout at over 40 percent in areas with contested races.

Mayoral races in Warren, Struthers and Niles are bringing voters to the polls and Issues 2 and 3, which deal with legalized marijuana in the state of Ohio, are big draws. Ohio residents are also voting on a bi-partisan redistricting plan (Issue 1) for the state.

This is the first time Mahoning County is using electronic poll books county-wide. Some isolated problems related to wi-fi have been reported.

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