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UPDATED | Heavy turnout reported as Election Day continues #VindyVote

Published: Tue, November 6, 2012 @ 2:41 p.m.

Turnout has been heavy among Mahoning County voters today, said Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

"We've had a lot of provisionals from the city voting at the board," she said.

A voter votes using a provisional ballot if he or she has had a name change or has moved outside of his or her previous precinct.

"They can vote at their precinct or at the board and in the city, a lot of them just come here because it's closer," Kale-Pesta said.

No problems other than the usual occurrences of people not knowing what to go to vote have been reported, she said. Some voters have complained of paper ballots getting jammed in the machines. The ballots have to be fed into the voting machines, rather than forced through.

The Vindicator had reporters checking in at polling places throughout the Valley today.

Poll workers at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Austintown, which houses six township precincts, said voters lined up this morning, waiting for the polls to open at 6:30 a.m.

By about 9:30 a.m., 84 of the 562 voters in Precinct 36 had voted. Presiding Judge John Oravets said there haven't been any problems and that was echoed by the presiding judges at precincts 11 and 98.

After the early voters cast their ballots, the number of those voting slowed to a steady stream, Oravets said. He expects it to pick up at lunch time and as people leaving work stop to vote on their way home.

By about 9:15 a.m. today, 40 of the just more than 200 voters in Austintown Precinct 11 had voted, but poll workers consider that a high number.

In Canfield, backups of 30 to 40 minutes were reported at the Mill Creek Metro Parks location at about 11 a.m. This appeared due in part to polling places being outfitted with one ballot scanner for every three precincts.

At Archangel Michael Community Hall on 12th Street in Campbell, everything went smoothly through the morning. By late morning there were no long lines, though a line had formed when the polls opened at 6:30 a.m.

Poll workers reported a better- than-average turnout and no problems with machines. Voting there is for Precinct 4-C, but even if you vote elsewhere, stop in for the food. The church's ladies guild, the Philoptohos Society, is selling homemade goodies as a church fundraiser. There are treats such as baklava, Greek lasagna, grape leaves, Greek gyros, little pies made of filo dough filled with cheese or spinach and koulouria, a butter cookie.

The six precincts inside St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Boardman saw a steady stream of voters this morning with people lined up to cast their ballots when the polls opened at 6:30 a.m.

Marianne Poprik, presiding judge at Precinct 26, said 186 people had voted by about 11 a.m. That's on top of 180 people who voted by absentee ballot before election day.

"I'm a little surprised more didn't take advantage of absentee ballots," she said.

Still, poll workers consider the turnout so far to be heavy. Eileen DiNiro, presiding judge of Precinct 33, reported 171 people voting as of late this morning. She said the process has gone smoothly thus far. She attributed some of that to a separate area where workers handle voters who have to vote using a provisional ballot such as when someone has moved.

For previous elections, provisional ballots were sorted out at each individual precinct, taking time from one of those poll workers.

DeNiro was waiting for a woman she calls a "curbside voter." The woman, who wants to come to the polls each election, is unable to get out of her car and into the building. Poll workers, one Democrat, one Republican, take a ballot to her, allowing her to vote and return to the building with the sealed ballot.

"She comes every year," DeNiro said.

At Precinct 47, 99 people had voted by about 11 a.m., said Diane Kleeh, presiding judge.

"It's been steady," she said.

In Youngstown, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, on South Belle Vista Avenue, officials reported 307 have voted.

At St. Christine Church on Schenley Avenue, officials said reported 764 people had voted by 1 p.m.

No lines or waits were seen at either locations.

Continue to watch Vindy.com all day for updates. Don't miss Wednesday's Vindicator for complete coverage.


1DACOUNTRYBOY(1138 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The curbside voter has true dedication!

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2Bill1776(20 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The only thing Obama cares about is destroying our country and advancing Islam. He has added more to the national debt in three years and two months than Bush did in eight years. Ref. Bureau of Public Debt, Treasure Dept.

The Obama's have added over a half billion to our debt with all their big time vacations. They take about one a month. His wife is costing us over a million a year for the large number of servants she has. The Obama's are living better than kings on our tax dollars and loans from other countries that we have to pay interest on.

Obama came out for same sex marriages, open homosexuality in the military forcing military chaplains to perform same sex marriages and had a homosexual sodomite party in the white house.. He is turning our country into Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah therefore a vote for Obama is a vote against God.

He is placing Muslims in the State Dept and Homeland Security. He is dumping Muslim refugees in Bible belt areas to bust the Bible belt. He is destroying secular governments in Muslim countries so they can be replaced with more radical Islam governments that will come up against Israel and the world. He even used the US Air Force in Libya that cost the tax payers millions to get the job done. Libya was no threat to us. The attack on our Consulate in Benghazi happened because the government was not stable due to Obama. The same thing happened in Iran after Jimmy Carter threw the Shah of Iran under the bus.

How many more Muslim countries like Iran will Obama help create?

Romney is a good business man that can straighten out the mess in Washington. He can save Social Security and Medicare with Obama they will go belly up.

Former democrat, now an independent

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3DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Man, I love public forums. All the whackadoos come out to the party.

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4redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Your right ! DwightK You are here!

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5DOLE2(595 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Victory party tonite in Libya...

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6UNCOMMONSENSE(622 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Bill1776 double up on your medicine. No matter who is elected this evening,
in 4 years we will be debating the same problems.

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7LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Anyone else notice the 4 military helicopters that flew over the polling station at Immaculate Heart of Mary's around 11am this morning?

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8republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Bloggers around country are pointing to extremely high turnouts in traditionally conservative precincts. Looks like solid win for Mitt.
They are calling this the Chick-fil-a election. Like last summer when thousands and thousands of good, moral Americans showed up at Chick-Fil-a's to show strong, silent support.
The liberal media (Vindicator especially) were loud and vocal but the true solid Americans showed up.

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9DACOUNTRYBOY(1138 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

So, has the Vidicator projected a winner yet?

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10JoeFromHubbard(1776 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@ Bill1776:

You're spot on. The economy and jobs are one thing but the moral decline that Obama has accelerated are equally important, if not more so.

A country that has lost its moral bearing will lose itself.

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11DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Amen, Bill 1776

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12VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


O B A M A / B I D E N 2 0 1 2 ! !


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