LISBON - Nearly 69 percent of registered voters in Columbiana County cast ballots in Tuesday's election, close to the 70 percent turnout predicted by local election officials.
Approximately 45,748 of the 66,703 registered voters cast ballots, or 68.5 percent, according to the county elections board. This is slightly lower than the 70 percent who voted in the 2008 presidential election and the 1992 record turnout of 72 percent.
The most striking statistic from the election is that 22 percent of voters - 10,076 - chose to cast their ballot prior to Tuesday by taking advantage of Ohio's early voting law.
The vote count will likely go higher because there are 1,030 provisional ballots still to be counted that could have an impact on some of the ballot issues that passed or failed by a small margin.
Provisional ballots are those cast election day but called into question by poll workers because of residency and registration questions. Provisional ballots go uncounted until these questions are resolved by the election board staff over the next 10 days.