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Early voting indicates low turnout for mayoral race

Mayoral candidates: Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Mike Collins Mayoral candidates: Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Mike Collins
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Election Day is one day away, and early indications point to a low voter turnout for the Toledo mayoral election.

At last check, the Lucas County Board of Elections report 7,077 voters countywide have either voted in-person absentee or mailed in an absentee ballot. That's much lower than leading up to the 2009 general election. That year, 34.5 percent of Toledo voters voted in the Bell-Wilkowski race.

 Mike Beazley, Oregon City Administrator and former director of the Board of Elections, says early voting and absentee ballots are good early indicators of voter interest and voter turnout. He says much of that can be chalked up to both Mike Bell and Mike Collins being independent candidates, and the Lucas County Democratic and Republican Parties not being as active compared to previous years.

"It might be an indicator of lack of interest, but it's also the fact the campaigns are a little less organized than you traditionally see," he said. "Early voting just doesn't happen by itself. Both political parties are out recruiting people, knocking on doors, doing mailings and you don't see that this year."

Beazley says higher turnout tends to favor a Democrat in Toledo, but he says with neither candidate having a party affiliation, it's hard to predict who would be hurt most by a low turnout.     

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