With no Ohio or Trumbull County-wide issues on Tuesday's ballot and just one issue for all voters in Mahoning County, Election Day turnout is expected to be low.
Republican director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections Kelly Pallante and deputy director Democrat Jodi Fiorenzo Dibble are predicting turnout to be 25 percent to 30 percent, but not more than, Pallante said.
In Mahoning County, elections board deputy director Tom McCabe, a Republican, said turnout is being estimated to be between 35 and 38 percent, a slight increase from the neighbor to the north that can largely be attributed to the mayoral race and ''Community Bill of Rights'' in Youngstown.
''Whenever you have a contested race in Youngstown, you see a percentage increase,'' McCabe said.
The only countywide issue in Mahoning is the requested renewal of the Mental Health Board's 0.085 mill, five-year operation levy.
The overall lack of interest could be attributed to the ballot not containing heated statewide issues, like it did in 2011 with State Issue 2, the repeal of Senate Bill 5, a divisive measure that restricted the bargaining rights of public sector union workers or in 2009 that had the issue to legalize casino-style gambling in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo.
At the polls
Voter turnout numbers for previous odd-year elections and the prediction for Tuesday:
Prediction - 30%
2011 - 49%
2009 - 44%
Prediction - 35%-38%
2011 - 44%
2009 - 41%
Also, some voters in Trumbull County may have been driven to the polls in 2009 to vote against an ill-fated proposal to approve license plate tax increases to pay for road and bridge improvements.
Turnout in Trumbull County in 2011 was 49 percent and in 2009, 44 percent. In Mahoning County, McCabe said 44 percent of voters voted in 2011 and 41 percent in 2009.
Early voting - requests for an absentee ballot and walk-ins at the boards of elections - indicate the overall total turnout will be down this year.
Through Friday morning in Trumbull, there were 3,973 requests made and ballots cast in the office.
''We originally thought about 5,000,'' Pallante said. ''It's a lower early voting interest that what we have seen in quite a few years.''
Projections in Mahoning County are about 8,000 absentee voters, which is about 4,000 less than the board had in 2009.