Voter Turnout Anticipated To Be Low In Richland County

  • 11/5/2019 11:26:37 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - The Richland County Board of Elections expect low numbers when it comes to voter turnout for the 2019 Election season. 

According to the Richland County Board of Elections, reaching 25% in terms of voter turnout on Tuesday would be generous. 

"Our absentee numbers have not been as high," said Jane Zimmerman, Deputy Director of the Richland County Board of Elections. "We had a lot of activity within the last couple of days of absentee or early voting here, but its going to be where the contested races are."

Zimmerman also stated that some Township Trustees do not have any candidates running against them, which could also have an impact in voter turnout. 

"It depends on if there is an issue that will pull the voters out." Zimmerman stated when it comes to what can drive more people to go vote. 

Polls in Richland County close at 7:30 PM. 

The Richland County Board of Elections also shared that the new voting machines have kicked off to a great start in the county. 

The State of Ohio distributed money to all counties in Ohio to purchase new equipment ahead of the 2020 Election. The new machines were installed this year at the Richland County Board of Elections. The new machines offer a more simplistic way to vote compared to the previous machines that the county used. 

"It's very similar in use to what our old machines were, but we find it much easier." said Zimmermann. "We have had great feedback on it from the early voters."


Complete results will be posted on  Polls close at 7:30 and results generally start coming in around 7:45pm.  


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