Elections officials expect light voter turnout at Mahoning Valley polls


Next Tuesday, May 6, Mahoning Valley voters go to the polls. It doesn’t look like you’ll have to wait in line. Chris Davidson bringss us the story:

Election Day, May 6, is expected to be a quiet event in the Mahoning Valley.

Election Day, May 6, is expected to be a quiet event in the Mahoning Valley.

Non-presidential primary elections don’t generally create much voter interest and it doesn’t look like this year will be any different.

Here’s deputy director of the Columbiana County Board of Elections, Kim Fusco.

FUSCO: It’s gonna be a struggle to get to 20, maybe 25 percent.

She says voters in the West Branch School District might be an exception.

FUSCO: There’s a hot topic with the West Branch School District having the .75 levy on and that area generally higher turnout than the whole entire county.

West Branch is east of Alliance.

Kelly Pallante, director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, says she’s expecting a 23 to 25 percent turnout.

PALLANTE: We have various school issues in our county, there’s some townships issues, Newton Falls village has an income tax issue – so it just depends upon where people live if they have an additional issues besides that state item.

The state item is Issue One. It’s a constitutional amendment that, if approved, would fund improvements to roads and bridges by issuing bonds for the next 10 years.

PALLANTE: I don’t think that state issue is generating much interest to be honest with you.

Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections expects a low turnout.

KALE-PESTA: I predict the turnout’s going to be 25 to 28 percent of everyone …

… Except in Austintown.

KALE-PESTA: I think it is going to be high in Austintown because they have the Austintown school levy on that they want to pass to build a new high school.

Primary Day is next Tuesday, May 6.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Chris Davidson.

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