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Northeast Ohio's voter voices and concerns
Local voters were driven by local issues, friends and a sense of responsibility
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
Richard and Kay Quinn say voting is simply a responsibility.
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Primary ballots across the state today included candidates for seven statewide offices, all 16 seats in Congress, the entire Ohio House and half of its Senate. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, many of those who went to the polls did so for the most local of reasons.

Northeast Ohio's voter voices

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Yes, there were lots of names on the ballots for Democrats and Republicans to pick their candidates for the fall. But there were not a lot of races.

 

Many of the candidates were unchallenged in their party primaries. And even in cases with two or more candidates on the ballot – it was an uneven match of money, name recognition and party support.

So for many of the Northeast voters who WKSU reporters spoke Tuesday, the drier was local taxes, friends and neighbors running for office – and responsibility. Here’s a montage of some of their thoughts:

Northeast Ohio's voter voices
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These are Northeast Ohio voters on a range of issues from the sin tax in Cuyahoga County to the parks levy in Portage County – and on the importance of voting even in an election where everyone acknowledged turnout would be light. 

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