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CLEVELAND  - The rain didn't stop early voters who came out in droves to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The large Sunday turnout was due largely in part to the "Souls to the Polls" campaign.

"This is democracy in action," said Blaine Griffin, the vice chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. "This is America. This is what makes it great."

Thirty buses from area churches drove members to the polls in an effort to make sure everyone who wanted to vote could despite transportation issues.

"Listen, I don't care if you don't have transportation all you have to do is call a church. Call one of us and will be glad to bring you because it's so important for us to vote," said Reverend E. Theophilus Caviness of The Greater Ayssinia Baptist Church.

First time voter Previous Chavis and her mother Shari came straight from church.

"Her vote counts, it counts," said Shari. "It means a lot so I'm teaching her how to vote."

"I feel like my one vote could make that one change," said Precious.

According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections more than 2,000 people voted Saturday. Cleveland Metropolitan School officials were at the polls as well encouraging voters to support school tax renewal Issue 108.

"We've invested in social studies, in new technology we bought 39,000 new computers in the last year which is about one per student," said Eric Gordon, chief executive officer with Cleveland Metropolitan Schools.

The presidential election is another major reason for the large weekend turnout. Fox 8 spoke with Cleveland Mayor Jackson about his predictions on Ohio's role in electing Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

"The key is getting people who vote for you to turn out that's who will win Ohio," said Cleveland Mayor Jackson.

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