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Turnout for general election expected to be low, but better than primary

With many more candidates and issues on the Nov. 2 ballot, election officials in Mahoning and Trumbull counties expect turnout to be better than it was for the primary last week.

But they also expressed great disappointment with how poor turnout was for Tuesday’s primary.

It was only 8.8 percent in Trumbull County — the lowest it’s been in more than a decade — and 13.8 percent in Mahoning County.

“I was shocked and disappointed by the low turnout in the primary,” said Stephanie Penrose, director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections. “It’s disappointing from a work perspective as we work so hard for each election. It’s also disappointing that voters didn’t want to vote for local candidates who decide important issues.”

Mahoning elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta said: “I can’t get it through people’s heads that local government is more important than federal government. Voting is very important, particularly for local government. I don’t know what drives people to come out for president and not for local elections. Either candidates don’t get the vote out or people are apathetic. It’s sad.”

Except for a handful of places in the Mahoning Valley that had school tax issues on Tuesday’s ballot, there wasn’t a primary election for townships and villages. Only Youngstown, Struthers and Niles had citywide primaries and those were for Democratic races.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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