• Kelly Bauer
    FEB 21, 2019

    Early Voting In City Election On Track To Be Highest In Years With 60K Ballots Already Cast

    By Kelly Bauer, Block Club Chicago

    Early voting in Tuesday’s general elections is on track to be the highest in recent years.

    Approximately 60,000 early voting ballots have been cast and another 18,500 vote-by-mail ballots have come in, said Jim Allen, spokesman for the Board of Election Commissioners.

    On Thursday alone, 10,000 early votes were cast — the most of any day during this election, Allen said.

    That puts the city on pace to surpass the early vote totals it saw in the most recent comparable elections of February 2011 and February 2015.

    Those totals don’t even include include military overseas voters and grace period voters, Allen said.

    And the board has received nearly triple the amount of vote-by-mail applications as it has in the past, with about a quarter of those returned so far, Allen said.

    “We’ll have a solid turnout at this rate,” Allen said.

    Election Day is Tuesday. Early voting continues through Monday night. Click here for a list of voting sites.

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