Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Mahoning, Trumbull see steady turnouts
Ten to 15 people were lined up to vote at most precincts when the polls opened, one official said.
YOUNGSTOWN Voters were turning out in a steady stream this morning in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to cast their ballots.
"At 6:30 this morning, there were lines at almost every precinct," said Thomas McCabe, county elections board director. "That's usually a pretty good sign. It's been a steady turnout."
Rokey W. Suleman II, deputy director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, characterized the lines as "heavy," indicating a strong interest in the election.
Presidential elections generally draw large numbers of voters, but it's less common for a gubernatorial election, McCabe added.
There may be lines at some precincts in many elections, but this morning the lines totaled 10 to 15 people waiting to cast their votes rather than just a handful, McCabe pointed out.
One Goshen Township voter reported problems with voting machines at a township precinct.
McCabe said the board keeps 30 voting machines in reserve to send to precincts where problems crop up.
"We have 15 of those that have been sent out so far," he said late this morning. "It's usually between 10 and 12 that we're using by this time of day."
Suleman said there was a problem in a couple precincts because some poll workers reported off because of illness. They were replaced by alternates, who were called out.
"Most voters seem to be adjusting to the [electronic voting] machines," he added.