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Absentee ballots way down

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Logan County Board of Elections reported today at a regular meeting a noticeable drop in the number of absentee ballots both requested and returned ahead of the Nov. 5 election.

A total of 478 absentee ballots have been requested and 302 have been mailed back, according to board of elections staff.

Typically, the elections board receives more than 1,000 absentee ballots ahead of election day, even in off-year elections such as this.

One reason for the drop in absentee ballots could be because local political parties did not mail absentee ballots to registered partisans as it has done in the past, board members reason.

Another reason for low turnout is because of relatively few countywide contested races, board members said. Most of the contested races are for non-partisan township trustee positions.

For example, not one resident at Green Hills Community opted to fill out an absentee vote. The board of elections usually receives about 20 or 30 ballots from residents there, staff said.

“They get a look at a sample ballot and nobody there decided to fill one out,” said Diane Gamble, co-director of the Logan County Board of Elections.

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