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Absentee ballots now available for Ohioans
State expects low voter turnout in May primary

Grant Engle
In The Region:

Absentee voting for the May election started Tuesday, and voter turnout is expected to be as low as 20 percent in some counties, where ballots will be led by schools issues and local races.

The Stark County Board of Elections is anticipating significantly fewer voters in the May election than in last year’s primary and general elections, which was dominated by the presidential race.

Jeanette Mullane, deputy director of the Stark County Board of Elections, says low turnout and fewer absentee requests usually creates unused ballots and wasted paper.

But Stark County’s ballot-on-demand printers will ensure the Board of Elections is only printing ballots that will be used.

Jeanette Mullane, deputy director of Stark County Board of Elections

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“Let’s say you have a precinct and they order 100 ballots and they only use 50 or they only use 25. Then the remaining ballots are unused ballots, and they’re disposed of.” 

Ohioans have until Monday to register to vote in the May 7 primary.

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