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Early election morning turnout is light in Northeast Ohio
No national or state issues are on the ballot, leaving locals to inspire voters
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The turnout in Stark County was sparse, but dedicated, this morning.
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As expected, turnout for today’s election has been light. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze looks at what’s drawing voters to the polls in the absence of state and national issues.

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Allie Harpster was one of the smattering of voters showing up at the Church of the Nazarene on Canton’s northwest side to vote before heading to work. She’s a dedicated voter. 

“It’s a gift that the American people have, and a lot of times people don’t appreciate that gift.”

 She’s also a self-described news junkie, who’s up on even the most obscure issues.

 “I guess maybe the extended terms for council members, and I just like to be aware of local politics and what’s going on in your own back yard.”

Canton is considering changing the terms for City Council from two to four years. The city also has a parks levy on the ballot and a heated race for school board.

 But fewer than 8,000 voters in all of Stark County had cast early ballots by Monday, and Board of Elections Deputy Director Jeanette Mullane is predicting total turnout of about 30 percent.

 Likewise, early turnout was light in Cleveland, even with a mayoral race and a hotly contested Ward 10 City Council race forced by the city shrinking and redistricting.

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