Unofficial results indicate low voter turnout

Voting. (WDTN Photo)
Voting at the ballot box. (WDTN Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Unofficial results indicate voter turnout for Tuesday’s election likely will be among the lowest on record for a midterm election in Ohio.

Results made available online by the secretary of state’s office showed ballots were cast by about 3.1 million people, or about 40 percent of the roughly 7.75 million registered voters in Ohio. County elections boards also reported about 161,000 outstanding absentee and provisional ballots.

Statistics kept by the state show turnout has ranged from about 48 percent to 62 percent for Ohio’s midterm elections since 1978, when that type of tabulation began. Turnout was about 49 percent for Ohio’s last midterm election, when Republican Gov. John Kasich was elected for his first term in 2010.

Republicans retained that and other statewide offices in this week’s election. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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