CLEVELAND -- Nearly 2,000 voters cast ballots on the first day of in-person early voting in Cuyahoga County.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was among the first wave of voters when the doors of the Board of Elections opened at 8 a.m. He was joined by a large crowd, some of whom spent the night sleeping in front of the building.

"Early voting is one of those tools that we can get people to the polls on," Jackson told WKYC.

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"This is game time Ohio, game time, Cleveland," said Brad Sellers, the mayor of Warrensville Heights. "We have to make sure that we are here exercising our right, our choices to vote to make an impact," he told the crowd, before heading in to cast a ballot.

More than 1,000 people had voted early in person before 1 p.m., among them a large contingent of supporters of Issue 107, the Cleveland School Levy.

"The children need this levy," said voter Terri Jones. "They are really suffering, studying out of textbooks that don't even have President Clinton in them."

In 2008, about 500 people came to vote in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on the first day early voting was available. Tuesday's turnout of1,895 met expectations of a much higher number.

In Summit County,1,035 voters turned out Tuesday, more than double the numberwho voted early on day one in2008. In Stark County, more than 505 voters turned out Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the board mailed out ballots to those who had requested to vote by mail. It is expected 30 percent or more of ballots will be cast by mail for the November election.