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Published: Tuesday, 8/5/2008

Lucas County voter turnout expected to peak at 30 percent

BLADE STAFF

Voter turnout had reached 19.3 percent by early Tuesday afternoon in Lucas County, as voters weighed in on the Anthony Wayne Local School District s two levies.

About 28 precincts from Lucas County have voters weighing in during this special election, said Marty Limmer, information services director for the county Board of Elections. Elections officials expect turnout to peak around 30 percent before the polls close at 7:30 p.m.

Officials in Wood, Lenawee, and Monroe counties said voter turnout rates have yet to be tallied, but overall participation is expected to be low.

Wood County voters in 24 precincts will decide the fate of a 1.5-mill replacement levy for the Way Public Library in Perrysburg. Residents also will vote on a 5.63-mill continuing operating levy for Lake Local Schools.

Terry Burton, director of the Wood County Board of Elections, said school elections often draw varying participation rates. Library issues are more unusual, he said.

"Anything over 25 percent in the county would probably be considered a pretty decent election for an election of this type," he said.

No figures were available from Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan. Voters there will decide local tax issues and party representatives for the November election. Polls in Michigan close at 8 p.m. Fulton, Henry, and Hancock county voters will also decide school tax issues in Tuesday s election.



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