Early voting numbers down in Cuyahoga County

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There were long lines at the Board of Elections on Monday, but early voting is now over in Ohio, and overall turnout is down from previous years in Cuyahoga County.

This year, 38,000 people voted early, compared to 45,000 in 2012 and 54,000 back in 2008.

Board of Elections workers have been sorting mailed-in ballots so they can start counting as soon as possible Tuesday.

"There is a chance of a last-minute voter surge on Election Day, especially if the trend of this past weekend continues through (Tuesday)," said Pat McDonald, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections director. "Turnout could match 2012 (with) 70 percent turnout."

Those heading to the polls Tuesday should plan to wait about 30 minutes to vote.

Election officials are expecting a 67 percent turnout.

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