Early voting begins Tuesday in Ohio, and election officials are expecting an initial surge of residents turning out to vote in person.
Beverly Lloyd is with the Cleveland chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women and a member of The Word Church. She says the church plans to bring 1000 people to the Cuyahoga County Board of elections Tuesday.
"This year we have made an emphasis on having a choice and getting out there, voting early,” Lloyd said, “so that we might do some other kinds of things, help others get to the polls on voting day."
Cuyahoga County Board of elections Director Jane Platten says the downtown Cleveland office is ready when it opens at 8:00.
“We have 48 voting stations that will be up and running, so we know that we can put a lot of voters through in a short period of time,” Platten said.
Democrats rallied at Board of Elections offices in five Ohio cities, including Cleveland, last night.
Republicans, who in past elections have lagged behind democrats in early voting turnout, are making a concerted effort to get more of their supporters taking that option this year.
Unlike in 2008, in person early voting will not be held in Ohio on weekends. The exception could be the three days prior to Election day, if a lawsuit by the Obama campaign succeeds in forcing the Ohio secretary of State to allow voting on those days. A decision is still pending.