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Allen County BOE: Voting in an "off year" election just as important

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The Allen County Board of Elections says that in off year elections like this year, voting turnout is around 35 percent. The Allen County Board of Elections says that in off year elections like this year, voting turnout is around 35 percent.
Secretary of State Jon Husted says each election is a chance for people to let their voice be heard. Secretary of State Jon Husted says each election is a chance for people to let their voice be heard.

At polling locations in Lima, voters were able to put their mark down for the race for mayor, the sales tax increase for the Regional Transit Authority, and two state issues, among other items.  The Allen County Board of Elections says that in off year elections like this year, voting turnout is around 35 percent, but just because it's is considered an off year election, the voting power you have is just as important as election where you can vote on presidential or state races.  

"The odd numbered years is all of our local people, so you got school board, council races, maybe mayors, township trustees or fiscal officers and sometime people don’t think about the local people as being as important as the state or federal," said Kathy Meyer, executive director of the Allen County Board of Elections.  "That is rather unfortunate because those are the people that run the government at home."

During an election, each vote is voice for people who care about what is going on around them, and for people who think that your vote will not matter, Secretary of State Jon Husted says each election is a chance for people to let their voice be heard.

"Every election something happens you didn’t count on, there is always an upset, there is always a message that the voters send, so when I am reflecting on this morning is it will be what is that message that voters sent," said Husted.  "Do they want to see more investment in their schools, are they tired of taxes, do they want a change in the kinds of people that they want in public office? All of those questions will be answered by what the voters say today."

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