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Published: Wed, November 4, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Familiar faces

LISBON — The Columbiana County Board of Elections hires many part-time people to help on Election Day. A familiar face among the staffers helping to prepare the ballots for counting Tuesday night was Lois Gall, the long-time director of the elections board who retired several years ago. Gall said of her election labors, “Now I only have to work two days a year.”

Exceeding expectations

Turnout in Mahoning and Trumbull counties was better than boards of elections directors predicted and within the predicted range in Columbiana County.

Turnout for Tuesday’s general election in Mahoning County was 40.72 percent. Elections Director Thomas McCabe had expected turnout at 30 percent.

The turnout was even stronger in Trumbull County, 43.91 percent, but not that much more than expected. Trumbull elections Director Kelly Pallante had predicted turnout at 40 percent.

In Columbiana County, turnout was 41.48 percent. Elections Director Kim Meek had expected turnout to be between 40 percent and 50 percent.

Early winners

YOUNGSTOWN — The 1-mill, five-year real estate tax renewal levies of the Mahoning County Children Services Board and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County were clear winners early Tuesday evening as early absentee ballots were counted immediately after the polls closed.

Both issues passed by some 70 percent of the vote in absentee balloting and maintained that approximate 2-1 margin of victory in the final results.

By around 9 p.m., with 48 percent of the county’s vote having been counted, a beaming Carlton Sears, library director, was celebrating the library levy’s easy victory at the board of elections.

Although his levy won, Sears was celebrating retention of local funding the library system already had; and he noted that he was preparing for the challenge of replacing lost state funding.

Recall law recalled

AKRON — Just as Akron residents overwhelmingly rejected the recall of Mayor Don Plusquellic, they voted Tuesday to make future recalls more difficult. More than two-thirds of voters approved a change to the city’s charter that greatly boosts the number of signatures required to get a recall on the ballot, according to unofficial election results.

Plusquellic and his supporters hailed the amendment’s passage as a victory. They said the change was needed to address the voter outrage over the June 23 recall attempt against the mayor, which was rejected by nearly 75 percent of voters.

The change requires signatures equal to 20 percent of the total registered voters in the last election for the office that is the recall target. The previous language mandated 20 percent of the number who voted in the most recent mayoral election.

Proposal rejected

AKRON — Summit County voters aren’t ready to do away with an elected county engineer. A proposal to amend the county charter and allow the county executive to appoint the position beginning in 2013 lost Tuesday. The controversial issue was defeated by about 55 percent of the vote, according to unofficial county board of elections results. It was the third time the proposal has been voted down since 1996.

Issue 4 would have shifted the engineer’s duties to the county executive, who then would have been required to appoint a professional engineer and surveyor to his or her staff. County Executive Russ Pry had pushed for the charter amendment, arguing that he would have been able to save about $1.5 million through the consolidation of offices.


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