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CLEVELAND-- Early voting in Cuyahoga County is down from the last presidential election, officials said on Monday.

Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald said about 38,000 people cast ballots in person ahead of Election Day this year. That number is down from 2012.

McDonald said he expects 595,000 people will cast their ballots in Cuyahoga County, meaning a 67 percent voter turnout. Of that number, 40 percent will have voted early.

The board of elections is working with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI to ensure and safe and secure Election Day. McDonald said he’s also reached out to municipalities, which will have patrols ready and stopping at polling places.

There will be 6,000 Election Day workers, who are trained to deal with issues, as well as additional rovers to handle larger problems. Those who loiter or harass voters will be removed from polling locations.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Election Day. Polling places in Cuyahoga County are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. McDonald reminded residents to bring a valid ID to vote.

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections