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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voter Turnout Smaller Than Excpected

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 4:25 PM

No you didnt.
  • No you didn't.

Well Cuyahoga County, you obviously didn’t take Lee Fisher seriously. On Sunday the Dem's Senate candidate told the crowd assembled at the Wolstein Center that nothing less than the fate of the planet rested on the local turnout. But according to the Plain Dealer, not many people went to the polls today.

The paper reports that Board of Elections head honcho Jane Platten only thinks around 410,000 ballots will be cast by the time the polls close tonight.

Earlier, she predicted more than 430,000 of the county's 978,268 registered voters would turn out.

But by 2 p.m. today, only 10.5 percent of the voters had been heard from. Between 42 and 44 percent of the 205,000 absentee ballots had been returned.

Even the 430,000 votes Platten expected to have been cast would have represented a light turnout, considering the hotly contested county government race and the neck-and-neck governor's race. The revised number is even lower.

"You would think that these two alone would draw in more voters," said Platten earlier today. "There is anger out there that has translated into people not going to the polls. But by the same token, that anger has brought other people out to vote."

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