Youngstown officials say they’re working to ensure a safe, smooth Election Day

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There is concern across the country over possible protests

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – With concerns growing around the country of protests and even some violence on Election night, local officials took time Friday morning to urge voters to be calm.

Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown and other elected leaders gathered downtown to remind everyone Tuesday’s election is a time to be able to freely exercise rights. They talked about measures they’re taking to ensure next week’s election process goes smoothly.

Their message comes at a time when a number of communities are boarding up businesses and calling in the National Guard to prevent riots.

Local officials say they have plans in place to keep the peace.

“Just because of the unrest we have, from a national standpoint, and the fact there will be challenges made, so I think we’re gonna be active, more so than normal. But we have a lot of great people prepared and ready to address the situation,” said Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains warned those who try to start problems will be dealt with.

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