Two-thirds of registered voters in Valley likely to sit out primary

Two-thirds of registered voters in Valley likely to sit out primary

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

If you go to the polls to vote in Tuesday’s primary in the Mahoning Valley, don’t worry about long lines.

Area election officials expect about two-thirds of registered voters to not bother casting ballots in the primary.

“It will be extremely light; we’ll struggle to get to 30 percent,” said Adam Booth, Columbiana County Board of Elections director. “I’d be shocked if it crept up to the mid-30s or into the 40s. There’s nothing driving” turnout.

Thomas McCabe, Mahoning County Board of Elections director, is expecting turnout in Mahoning to be 32 percent, “and that could be high. That’s being generous.”

In Trumbull County, turnout for Tuesday’s primary will be about 30 percent to 35 percent, said Kelly Pallante, its board of elections director.

The top reason for the expected poor turnout, McCabe and Booth said, is no Democratic presidential primary. President Barack Obama is running unopposed.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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