ELECTION UPDATE | Trumbull voters use flashlights in darkness


Two Warren-area polling locations are still without normal power or a generator following high winds this afternoon, but voting is still proceeding at all locations, the elections board says.

One of the two locations still without power is at New Jerusalem Church on Palmyra Road just west of Warren in Warren Township.

Poll workers were holding flashlights above tables where voters were filling out paper ballots that were delivered to the affected polling locations.

A poll worker said everyone who wanted to vote at the New Jerusalem location was able to vote, despite the outage, which began around 3:30 at that location.

At its peak, 21 voting precincts had no power, but most of them received a generator. In addition to the New Jerusalem location, one at Tod’s Crossing in Warren still does not have power, elections officials said.

Stephanie Penrose, elections board director, said an extra step will have to be performed on each of the elections machines that shut down in the outage, but she expects the votes to be recoverable from those machines.

The outages affected Bloomfield, Mesopotamia, Southington, Farmington, Warren and Bristol Townships, plus Warren, Lordstown and Newton Falls.

The board of elections sent out generators to six polling locations, and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office and county commissioners were attempting to send out other generators.

Trumbull County voters use electronic voting equipment in all of its voting precincts. When power went out, the elections board sent paper ballots to those precincts to provide an alternate way to vote, Penrose said.

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