October 20, 2014

Medina
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Medina County voter turnout about 50 percent

MEDINA TWP. — The glass was just about half full Tuesday as unofficial voter turnout for the general election in Medina County inched near the 50 per­cent mark.

Overall, 62,123 ballots were cast on or before Election Day. That number represents about 49.4 percent of registered vot­ers countywide, according to county Board of Elections Director Jan Pilat. There are 125,684 registered county vot­ers and 151 precincts.

“I’d say it was a pretty good day,” Pilat said Wednesday regarding the turnout.

Although more than 62,000 voters participated in the elec­tion, that number is less than 2006, when 65,571 people went to the polls in the county, Pilat said.

In the 2008 presidential elec­tion, more than 70,000 county voters participated, according to Pilat. Presidential elections tend to draw more voters, she said.

Pilat said about 1,000 provi­sional ballots were cast in Med­ina County that have not been counted. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if the voter’s eligibility is in question and therefore is not permitted to vote at his or her polling place.

When factoring in provi­sional ballots with Tuesday’s vote total, the approximately 63,120 ballots cast represents about 50.2 percent of county

registered voters. An official vote count will be recorded Nov. 22, Pilat said.

Pilat reported no major problems at precincts for area voters. However, a couple vot­ing machines “fell over” Tues­day as “their legs gave way,” she said.

“This happened during the time of voting, but the machines were fixed and turned back on,” said Pilat, who added no one was using the machines when they top­pled.

Jerry Emmert, a volunteer greeter Tuesday at the Com­munity Center on the Medina County Fairgrounds, reported people were “flowing in” at a reasonable rate to vote with no problems.

“We’ve had no line, but it’s been steady,” Emmert said Tuesday morning.

Overall, nine precincts were packed into the Community Center in Medina.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.