COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Unofficial results show that 40.31 percent of Ohio's voters cast ballots for this year's general election, nearly 10 percent higher than 2007 and roughly the same as 2005, when the state had its highest odd-year turnout since 1997.
Secretary of state numbers show that roughly 3.2 million voters turned out for Tuesday's election following a statewide campaign dominated by a successful proposal to allow casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
Voters this year also considered two other statewide issues, approving the creation of a board to oversee livestock care and the funding of bonuses for modern-day veterans. Turnout in 2007, when there were no statewide issues, was 30.98 percent. In 2005, 40.26 percent turned out to vote on five statewide issues.