JEFFERSON — Less than one-fourth of Ashtabula County’s registered voters participated in Tuesday’s primary election, according to numbers from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.
Some 14,900 voters, out of 61,657 registered, cast a ballot Tuesday or ahead of Election Day, either absentee or in-person, at the election board office in Jefferson. Still, that 24.1 percent participation rate is higher — barely — than the 23.5 percent who voted in the May 2014 gubernatorial primary.
Some 1,941 early votes were the first to be tallied.
The election was conducted with few problems, Carol Lovas, deputy director of the election board, said Tuesday afternoon. Several precinct officials called in sick on Tuesday, prompting a last-minute switching of some assignments and duties, she said.
“It turned out OK,” Lovas said. “Everything was good.”
Technology-wise, the election proceeded with no major snags, Lovas said.
Printers at some polling places were balky early in the morning, but improved as the day progressed.
“They were a little slower than we like to see them,” she said.
The election featured no contested local races and only a dozen issues, including a state issue seeking voters’ opinion of a new way to draw congressional districts in an attempt to eliminate gerrymandering.
Levies to assist the Geneva and Grand Valley school districts topped the money matters put before residents, with Geneva winning approval while Grand Valley’s measure failed.
Precinct election officials in Geneva contacted early Tuesday afternoon said they did not notice an appreciable increase in voters. Turnout at the polling place in the Geneva Recreation Center was “steady” but not overwhelming, one official said. A short walk away, at the Geneva Community Center, results were about the same. Doug Dean, precinct official, said he believed turnout was higher.
“We’re having a good election,” he said. “Things are running well. We have a good crew here.”