With all this hiked-up rhetoric we're hearing about how Ohio is the only Super Tuesday contest that matters in the Romney-Santorum race, you would assume Ohioans are turning up at the polls. On a more local level, we've got the election that will decide who next sits behind the big desk in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office — about as socially important an elected position as we've got here. But even in the face of high stakes, early reports say voter turnout is low in Northeast Ohio.
Cuyahoga Falls Patch has a good look-see at the initial reports. According to election officials from Cuyahoga, Lake, Portage and Stark counties, the business of democracy has been about a strong as ice cream sales in February (“Fairly slow,” in fact, is word-for-word how two election officials put it).
Cuyahoga County is racking up a 1.5 percent voter turnout, so says board of elections director Jane Platten. “We don’t have a lot of voters out there yet,” she told Patch. “But I’m hoping that with the good weather and some generated interested throughout the day, we will get a higher turnout.”
Although people aren't rushing the polls today, the local board of election has seen a good amount of absentee ballots:
The number of absentee ballots returned has been strong but lower than the 2008 presidential primary. As of this morning, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections received about 86,000 absentee ballots out of the 113,000 voters requested. During the 2008 presidential election, voters requested about 101,000 absentee ballots but only 90,000 were returned.