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Stark County sees steady voter turnout
While voter turnout was close to predictions, absentee voting was lower
by WKSU's ALISON RITCHIE
and ANNA STAVER
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Alison Ritchie
 

Like much of Ohio, Stark County saw strong, steady but not spectacular voter turnout Tuesday.

Jeff Matthews is deputy director of the Stark County Board of Elections. He says the turnout was close to predictions.

Matthews says voter turnout neared 40 percent

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“Voting all day has been steady," said Matthews. "It sort of depends on the location for the turnout. Some areas are approaching almost 50 percent. Others are 30 [percent]. It seems to be an average of about 40 [percent].”

Matthews says the number of absentee ballots was lower than expected. He says that’s likely because counties were not allowed to mail the ballots automatically, and instead voters had to request them. 

Besides three statewide issues, Stark County voters were deciding on a sales tax and a mayoral race in the county’s largest city, Canton.

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