Voter Turnout Large In Ohio

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The vote on an Ohio union law contributed to the state's highest voter turnout in 20 years for an off-year general election.

Results posted early Wednesday by the Ohio Secretary of State's office show 46 percent of the state's registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

To find a higher turnout for an odd-year election you have to look back to 1991, when 51.3 percent voted.

Many voters said at polling places Tuesday that they were motivated by the referendum on the law limiting union rights for teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees.

The law signed in March was repealed, 61 percent to 39 percent.

In the last off-year election two years ago, turnout was 44.6 percent. That election featured a vote that approved four casinos for Ohio.