A paper jam and a new room to vote in at a local school intent on preserving its children's security were the only temporary issues so far in Tuesday's election.
The polls remain open and things appeared to be running smoothly by noon Tuesday, according to Jeanette Mullane, assistant director of the Stark County Board of Elections.
Crenshaw Middle School in Canton had a paper jam on one of its machines in District 6 and at least one voter complained about locked doors.
But Mullane said the paper jam was quickly addressed by one of the Election Day technicians and that all of the machines were up and running. Also, the school locked the doors "for safety and security concerns for the children," she said.
"There is a different door that is open for the voters to use. It is a different room than they've used in the past, and there are plenty of signs," directing the way, she said.
No major problems were reported.
"We have the ordinary and usual phone calls and issues that we deal with in every election," she said.
Elections officials are expecting a lower turnout for this year's race.
"We don't know until the end of the night what the turnout is going to be," said . "This type of election year typically brings out a 40 percent voter turnout. We anticipate a lower turnout due to the trends in absentee voting."
Mullane said there was a lower turnout in absentee voting this year compared to the previous odd-year elections.
Also, she said, there are no statewide issues as there have been in previous years.
"Still, it's an important election year because the voters are electing their local officials who make decisions on their local government, such as the village councils, city council representatives, schools board and township trustees," Mullane said. "All of them run local government and local schools."
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