Odds and ends in the world of politics:
With early voting for the May 6 primary election almost a week old, absentee turnout numbers in Trumbull County appear to be on pace to match previous even-year primary elections.
And that number is low.
In the 2012 presidential primary election, early voter turnout was 12 percent. It was 12 percent, too, in the 2010 gubernatorial election. Overall turnout in both of those years was 25 percent.
Kelly Pallante, director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, reported that as of early Friday morning, the office had received 922 requests for an absentee ballot. Over the 35-day early voting period, the number of requests is in stride with past years, which would put the absentee turnout for this election right around 12 percent again.
Of the requests so far, four are from overseas civilians; 11 from members of the military; 124 either voted in the office or took the ballot home; 270 were applications from nursing home residents; and 513 ballots were mailed to voters.
On the first day of early voting - Tuesday - five people voted in the office. On Wednesday and Thursday, 32 people voted in the office.
In even-year general elections, where you would expect a higher absentee voter turnout, you get that, but only to a larger degree in the 2012 presidential election. Then, 29 percent of those who voted cast an early ballot.
In 2010, the 19 percent turnout in the general election was only slightly greater than that in the primary election, 12 percent.
Since no-fault absentee voting began in Ohio in 2006, when it was the lowest at 6 percent in that year's primary election, in primary elections turnout has mostly been around 10 percent to 12 percent. In general elections, absentee turnout has ranged from 9 percent in 2007 to 29 percent in 2012.
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Cleveland has advanced to the next round in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Republican National Committee announced Wednesday.
Cincinnati advanced, too, as did Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas and Kansas City. Columbus and Phoenix were nixed.
Up next, a small team of RNC staff will visit the six locations ''for a more in-depth and technical look'' at convention venues, financing, hotels and media workspace.
The RNC site selection committee will meet afterward to determine which of the six will get official site visits from a full delegation of the national committee.
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DeMaine Kitchen, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Youngstown in 2013, finally got around trying to clean up the mess made by his accepting a $4,000 cash contribution from former Mayor Charles Sammarone, Kitchen's old boss.
Kitchen filed an amended campaign finance report with the Mahoning County Board of Elections showing he wrote a $2,500 check to Sammarone as partial repayment. Kitchen still owes Sammarone $1,400. The maximum cash contribution allowed by state law is $100.
The matter and another with Kitchen's lateness of the original filing - he filed it in March, nearly three months after it was due - is now in the hands of the Ohio Elections Commission. If there's action taken against Kitchen, it'll likely be a slap on the wrist.