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April 24, 2012

No problems and few voters at Crawford County polls

MEADVILLE — County and local voting officials are reporting low voter turnout but no apparent problems at area polling places so far in today’s primary election.

The Crawford County Office of Voter Services indicated late this morning it hadn’t received any early reports of problems with new requirements that voters present identification or issues with voting machines in any of the county’s 67 voting precincts.

Voter turnout at Meadville’s 2nd Ward, 2nd District (2-2) polls was “very low” as of about 11:15 a.m., said election worker Scott Hamilton, with under 40 of that precinct’s 941 registered voters having cast their votes since the polls opened at 7 a.m. today.

Local political party leaders recently said they hope voters turn out in high numbers for today’s primary election, but they’ve acknowledged there are few races to create a strong local draw.

Voters in the respective parties in Crawford County are nominating candidates for president, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives at the federal level; and House of Representatives, attorney general, auditor general and treasurer at the state level. However, there are no contested nomination races in the primary for the county’s three seats in the state House of Representatives or its two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 2010 primary, the last time U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state House seats were up for election, drew 27.8 percent of the county’s 53,946 registered voters.

Party leaders recently said they’re hoping a total of 25 to 35 percent of the county’s 53,550 currently registered voters will vote today.

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