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Election Day is one day away, and early indications point
to a low voter turnout for the Toledo mayoral election.
At last check, the Lucas County Board of Elections report
7,077 voters countywide have either voted in-person absentee or mailed in an
absentee ballot. That's much lower than leading up to the 2009 general
election. That year, 34.5 percent of Toledo voters voted in the Bell-Wilkowski
Oregon City Administrator and former director of the Board of Elections, says
early voting and absentee ballots are good early indicators of voter interest
and voter turnout. He says much of that can be chalked up to both Mike Bell and
Mike Collins being independent candidates, and the Lucas County Democratic and
Republican Parties not being as active compared to previous years.
"It might be an indicator of lack of interest, but it's
also the fact the campaigns are a little less organized than you traditionally
see," he said. "Early voting just doesn't happen by itself. Both political
parties are out recruiting people, knocking on doors, doing mailings and you
don't see that this year."
Beazley says higher turnout tends to favor a Democrat in
Toledo, but he says with neither candidate having a party affiliation, it's
hard to predict who would be hurt most by a low turnout.