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Primary Election Results: Issue 1 passes with 70% approval

Many voters had mixed feelings about Issue 1, but 100 percent of the precincts are reporting a win with 70 percent of the voters saying yes to the issue.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Toledo voters hit the polls Tuesday for the city's primary election.

City-wide, the Lucas County Board of Elections says voter turnout was at 9 percent.

Two issues addressed Tuesday included Issue 1, an initiative to lower the penalties associated with marijuana crimes, and narrowing down city council candidates for districts 1, 3, 4 and 6.

Many voters had mixed feelings about Issue 1, but 100 percent of the precincts are reporting a win with 70 percent of the voters saying yes to the issue.

One thing voters did seemed to agree on was that it was important to get the issue on the ballot and vote to have your voice heard.

"I think it's an important issue. I think it's a long time coming. I think that there's worse evils out there that should be addressed rather than that," said Point Place voter Michael Miller.

Issue 1 was endorsed by local groups like the NAACP and FLOC as well as mayoral candidates like Mike Ferner.

Campaign Manager Sean Nestor said that if the ordinance passed, marijuana charges would be misdemeanors.

"What we're trying to do is that anything that's a felony will be reduced to a fifth degree felony. Anything that is a misdemeanor currently will be a fifth degree misdemeanor, which is the lowest you can go while still being compliant with state law," according to Sean Nestor of Sensible Toledo.

Another thing addressed at Tuesday's primary election was the narrowing down of city council candidates. The results with all precincts reporting is as follows:

District 1: Tyrone Riley vs. Jennifer Scott

District 3: Peter Ujvagi vs. Glen Cook

District 4: Yvonne Harper vs Peggy Brown-Morehead

District 6: Lindsay Webb vs. Bill Delaney

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