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“It used to be there was one day when you’d vote, and nowadays we’ve been voting for a long time,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr on Monday, March 19, 2018.

The Chicago Board of Elections says nearly 86,000 city residents cast ballots between Feb. 21 and March 18, surpassing the number of early voters in the 2010 and 2014 midterm primary elections combined. 

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Illinois voters can begin casting their votes in a series of heavily contested primary races, as early voting began in earnest Monday.

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Early voting is underway at 51 locations across the city. Check out our interactive map to find a voting location close to you.

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Early voting has begun for the Chicago mayoral and aldermanic races. The Board of Elections opened up 51 locations today.

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Monday marked the beginning of early voting in Illinois and emotions are running high in this close election. While some machine malfunctions are not uncommon in state races, the Illinois GOP is calling foul over ballot counting procedures in Rock Island and voting machine calibrations in the northern suburbs.

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Monday, October 22, marks the start of early voting for the November 6, 2012 general election. Any registered voter can cast a ballot in early voting through November 3, but they will have to present a government-issued photo I.D.