Champaign County Board of Elections Director Kathy Meyer blamed the low turnout on a lackluster races and issues on the ballot.
“There are no school issues. That’s what usually brings people out. There are no Democrats running, and there are only a couple contested races on the Republican side,” Meyer said.
Matt McClellan, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, said his office has heard other boards of elections around the state are also seeing low voter turnout.
Oster noted the absence of TV political advertising, the lack of statewide issues and the low number of local issues.
He also said the low early voter turnout in the primary indicates few will show up to the polls in March.
“The general rule is that whatever goes on in early voting carries over to Election Day,” Oster said.