Ohio’s voter turnout appears lower than 2012

Voting stickers. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Voting stickers. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Unofficial results show voter turnout in Ohio was down compared with the 2012 election, though that could change because of uncounted provisional ballots and outstanding absentee ballots.

The secretary of state’s office reports 69.3 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. That’s slightly lower than the 70.5 percent who turned out in 2012 and nearly 70 percent in 2008.

The preliminary results for this year also show fewer ballots cast — about 5.4 million compared with 5.6 million in 2012.

The unofficial numbers could increase because roughly 158,000 provisional ballots have yet to be counted and some 103,000 absentee ballots are still outstanding.

Ohio’s turnout record was 77 percent in 1992, when about 5 million voted in the election that gave Democrat Bill Clinton the presidency.

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