Cuyahoga County Board of Elections releases early voter numbers

Posted at 2:23 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 16:32:18-05

Tomorrow is the day. It's the final countdown to Election Day.

The presidential candidates, vice presidential candidates and supporters are all making last minute pushes for everyone to get out and vote.

Early voting is now officially over. Polls at local boards of elections closed about two hours ago. 

In Cuyahoga County, early voting numbers were down from four years ago and eight years ago but the absentee ballots, which are still being counted, are up from eight years ago but down from last election. 

Last minute voters waited in lines stretching north on East 30th Street for their chance to cast a ballot before early voting closed.

More than 38,000 people voted at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections early, down from 45,000. 

"I originally expected it to be a little higher I expected it to be a little closer to 2012 but we also did have the elimination of golden week," said Pat McDonald, director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. "We did see an uptick over the weekend so maybe that is a trend that we will see tomorrow. "

Close to 90 percent of the people with absentee ballots have already returned them. If you have an absentee ballot at home, you need to make sure that it's in the mail and actually postmarked by midnight.