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Voter turnout is expected to be low in Clark and Champaign counties today, despite heated Republican primary races for Statehouse seats and multiple school issues on the ballot.

Clark County Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac said about 2,400 absentee ballots have been returned and he expects turnout to be about 25 percent of the county’s 88,000 registered voters.

But Champaign County Board of Elections Director Kathy A. Meyer said officials have received less than 500 absentee ballots there and expect 20 to 22 percent of the county’s voters more than 25,000 voters to cast ballots today.

“If we hit 25 percent, I would be amazed,” Meyer said.

Election Day turnout will likely mirror the 2010 primary, Tlachac said.

“It could be a little high or higher in some precincts because we do have some school issues,” he said.

Three Clark County Republicans — Rick Chimento, Kyle Koehler and Argeri Lagos — are on the ballot today seeking the nomination for the 79th Ohio House District. The winner will face Democratic candidate Darrell Jackson in the Nov. 4 general election.

Republicans Nino Vitale of Urbana, C. Douglas Chamberlain of Bellefontaine, and Robert J. Luckey III of Sidney are also on the ballot today seeking the nomination for the 85th District seat. Dave Easton, a Constitution Party candidate from Sidney, is also seeking a nomination for the seat.

Six Clark and Champaign county school districts will ask voters for levies on the ballot, including four renewals of existing property taxes, two additional property taxes and one newly proposed income tax.

Clark-Shawnee Local Schools voters will decide on a 6.95-mill, 10-year additional levy that would generate a total of about $2.3 million for operating expenses. If approved, the tax would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $243 a year.

Greenon Local Schools is asking voters for a 4.96-mill, five-year levy that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $173 per year. It is expected to generate $1.27 million.

Voters in Mechanicsburg will be asked to decide on a 1.96-mill, 10-year property tax renewal that will generate $189,000 for the district. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $60 per year.

Taxpayers in Tecumseh Local Schools will decide on two renewal levies for operating expenses. The 2.81-mill and 4.67-mill levies, each for five years, will generate a combined total $2.1 million and will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $261 annually.

Triad has a proposed an additional half percent income tax on the ballot that would generate $569,000 annually for two years. Taxpayers in the district currently pay a 1.5 percent income tax to the district, a combination of permanent and renewable taxes.

The additional money would be used for permanent improvements, including asphalt repair, building maintenance and technology upgrades.

West Liberty-Salem Local Schools will ask voters to renew a 1.5-mill, five-year levy that would generate $151,200 for permanent improvements. The tax will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $33 per year.

Clark County polling places may get a morning rush, Tlachac said, but won’t see long lines.

“Judging by what we have now, I would be surprised if we went much above 25 percent,” he said.



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