About 8 percent of registered voters had already hit the polls by 11 a.m.
CANTON Before noon Tuesday, 8 percent of registered voters in Stark County had made their way to the polls.
"That's 20,093 people," said Jeanette Mullane, deputy director of the Stark County Board of Elections, adding "that does not include the absentees. Absentee voter turnout was 4 percent."
While that number may not seem high, it was pretty average.
"It is consistent with other non-presidential election years," Mullane said.
She expects more voters to appear at the polls later this afternoon as people leave work and school for the day.
Voter machine repair crews addressed issues Tuesday morning at four locations where voters had to be offered paper ballots.
Jeff Matthews, director of the Stark County Board of Elections, said the problems occurred at polling locations at Girard Garden Apartments at Tuscarawas Street E and Belden Avenue in Canton, Dogwood Park in North Canton and two Plain Township locations containing split precincts, which are where both North Canton and Plain Local School District voters cast their ballots.
Workers had trouble setting up the machines at Girard Garden apartments and he was trying to determine why. But the problems at all four locations were reportedly resolved by 8:15 a.m.
"I'm told that no one was turned away and that they were given paper ballots until such time we could get personnel out there to get things up and running. The problem with Girard Gardens is we didn't get a call," reporting the problems right away.
All of 143 poll locations, which contain 284 precincts, remain open today until 7:30 p.m.
Mullane said that when the polls close, "We will begin tabulating the absentee votes first." She expects to have some results from absentee ballots about 15 minutes later.
By 8 or 8:30 p.m., the poll workers will have brought the ballots back to the elections board officer.
"Then we'll be tabulating the ballots from the precincts," she said.
She added that anyone with absentee ballots that have not been turned in need to bring them to the Board of Elections office by 7:30 p.m. The absentee ballots will not be accepted at the polls.
Mullane also encouraged voters to click onto the elections board's interactive website.
"The public can actually select races that they would like follow," she said.
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