What is historically low voter turnout costing you?

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — Election workers spent the day after preparing for next time.

They say they have to be ready for a large turnout, but Tuesday night it was 39 percent in Montgomery County and statewide, the lowest for an Ohio governor’s race since they’ve been keeping track.

“I think people were apathetic,” says Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly when asked what’s behind the low turnout. “I think it’s a midterm election. The top of the ticket kind of fell apart.”

So what’s that costing you?

In Montgomery County alone, this election cost about $540,000.

With 146,359 voters, that’s equals about $3.69 a vote.

Part of those costs include a month of extra hours for early in-person voters.

“It’s become a Herculean effort for election officials throughout the state,” Kelly says.

Even with those added hours out of those 146,359 voters in the county, 4,629 people voted early in person.

“It really hasn’t increased turnout so far,” Kelly says.

A federal court ruling would’ve started early voting a week early in Ohio but it was overturned by the Supreme Court.

Kelly says more voters have taken advantage of the expanded absentee process.

Out of the votes cast about a quarter were absentee ballots.

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