The record number of voters that took advantage of early voting in Chicago over the last two weeks is no indication of what turnout might be today, an official with the Chicago Election Board said Tuesday afternoon.
Board spokesman James Allen says while many precincts reported a busy morning, voting tapered off after the morning rush. Allen was reluctant to predict what turnout might be for the day, saying it will depend on how many people head to the polls after work.
Allen did say he expected a much higher turnout than the 2012 municipal primary election, where a paltry 17 percent of Chicago’s electorate went to the polls. He added that today’s voter count was also not anticipated to reach the 53 percent turnout of 2008 when then-State Sen. Barack Obama energized many Chicago residents to head to the polls.
Board officials say they have been pleased with how the first attempt at election day registration has gone.
According to unofficial data from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, more than 125,000 early voting ballots have been cast in Chicago, beating a 2008 record for a presidential primary. In suburban Cook County, a record 1.4 million residents are registered to vote and more than 100,000 early voting ballots have been cast, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.
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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth won the Democratic senate primary, and incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk won the Republican primary on Tuesday night.
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Incumbent Dorothy Brown declared victory on Tuesday night, winning 47 percent of the vote with 95 percent of precincts reporting.