Today is Election Day and Repository reporters are out asking people how they voted. Check back here for their reports and updates as the results come in tonight.
10:45 p.m. Unofficial results complete
Unofficial results are complete at the Stark County Board of Elections — with total voter turnout of 16.24 percent, the lowest in at least the past five similar primary elections.
Both countywide tax issues, 9-1-1 and Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, easily passed by roughly 2-to-1 margins. Fire levies in Lake, Pike and Canton townships all passed, as did a police levy in Lawrence Township. A police levy in the village of Waynesburg, though, failed.
10:30 p.m. Unofficial final results
The votes have been counted at the Stark County Board of elections and unofficial final results show the North Canton and Louisville schools issues passed while Canton Local, Fairless and Marlington failed. Here are the tallies:
• Canton Local, failed
• North Canton, passed
• Louisville, passed
• Fairless Local, failed
• Marlington Local, failed
9:28 p.m.: Fall ballot
Although Democratic and Republican candidates are vying for council seats in Alliance, Canton and Massillon, the fall ballot could include new names in some races. A total of seven people met this week's deadline to run as a non-party candidate in November. They could also wind up in the general election race if their nominating petitions are certified by the Stark County Board of Elections this month.
9:20: Follow results on BOE website
If you are following results on the Stark County Board of Elections website, look for numbers to be updated roughly every 30 minutes throughout the night, said Director Jeff Matthews. The numbers that appear now include absentee ballots as well as several dozen precinct votes from today.
8:15 p.m. Absentee ballots tabulated
Absentee ballots from Tuesday’s election have been tabulated at the Stark County Board of Elections. A total of 5,780 absentee ballots were received.
The Stark County Developmental Disabilities issue is passing by a 2-to-1 margin.
The only school issue passing at this point is Louisville City Schools, by a 70 to 30 percent margin.
7:30 p.m.: Election polls closed; waiting for results begins
Voting in today’s election is over, and now the campaigns of candidates and levy issues must wait for the results.
Jeanette Mullane, deputy director of the Stark County Board of Elections, expects the first results — which would reflect the more than 5,700 absentee ballots that were cast — to be released by 8:30 p.m. Updates of the elections results will be posted throughout the night at CantonRep.com.
Mullane said turnout appeared to be light throughout Stark County, which was expected as only seven contested candidate races and 19 issues appeared on the ballot. She also said no major problems were reported today.
Page 2 of 3 - “This has actually been very quiet and calm for an election,” she said.
4 p.m.: North Canton, Jackson voters back Stark DD
Voters in North Canton and Jackson Township seem overwhelming in favor of the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities and schools, but higher taxes for parks? Depends on who you ask.
“I voted against them all,” said Robert Shonk of Jackson Township, after voting at the Canton Temple of Praise Church. “I am 75 years old and I’ve paid taxes all my life. We sent our kids to private schools and think they got a better education than they get today. That’s my view.”
At the same polling place, though, Carrie Dolan said yes to both the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the 1-mill park levy in Jackson.
“I voted for the park issue because my kids use the park so it is definitely worth it. I also voted for the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities because if my kids had issues, I would want them to have the best help available.”
12:30 p.m.: Campaigning at polls in Louisville
Voters haven’t exactly turned out in masses Tuesday morning in the primary election.
“It’s very slow today. So far, it’s been very, very slow,” Jeff Matthews, elections board director, said about noon.
No major problems had been reported with machines.
There was, however, a people problem.
Matthews said earlier Tuesday morning, he received reports of people campaigning at a polling place in Louisville.
But, he said, the issue was quickly resolved.
Mary Giffin of Canton said she was the first voter at 6:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Church on 48th Street, where she voted for the Developmental Disabilities and 911 issues, but she never saw the choice for treasurer on the ballot. She said the poll worker told her that, once her ballot had been cast, there was nothing that could be done.
Giffen said she notified the elections board.
Matthews said that if a voter has a question about the ballot, the voter should not cast the ballot without alerting a poll worker that an issue exists.
He also said that if a voter had been given a nonpartisan ballot, the treasurer’s race would not have been listed.
The polls remain open until 7:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m.: Light turnout in Alliance
Today is Election Day and Repository reporters are out asking people how they voted.
Turnout seemed light at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Alliance, where 25 minutes passed without a voter until Jerry Shook and his wife, Martha, drove up.
“We feel it’s our obligation as citizens to come out and vote,” he said.
Page 3 of 3 - They were interested in supporting Issue 1, the levy for the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
“I have a disabled brother, so I’m very aware of the program they have in Canton,” Shook said.
He expressed concern that voters might think Issue 1 means additional taxes, instead of understanding it will function as a replacement for two expiring levies.
“I hope it passes,” Shook said. “They do important work.”
Issue 1 is a renewal of a 1.9-mill levy and an increase of 1.4-mill levy to equal 3.3-mills.