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Early voters swamp polls, set record

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Crain's Chicago Business
by Lorene Yue

(Crain’s) — Chicago-area voters are coming out in droves, helping to set a new record for early voter turnout on a single day.

Nearly 23,000 voters from Chicago and suburban Cook County cast ballots Monday at various early voter locations, according to figures released by the Chicago Board of Elections and Cook County Clerk David Orr.

In Chicago, 12,200 people voted on Monday, topping the previous single-day record of nearly 12,000 set on the last day of early voting in the February primary.

More than 76,000 Chicago residents voted in the first eight days of early general-election voting, which ends on Oct. 30. During primary early voting, a total of 81,600 voters cast ballots during the 18-day period.

In suburban Cook County, 10,665 residents took advantage of early voting on Monday. That beat the previous single-day record set just days before when 9,675 voters showed up on Oct. 18. More than 63,500 suburban residents have cast early ballots, topping the number that participated in early voting during the February primary.

All the eight-day vote totals were as of 5:40 p.m. Monday.

Early voting continues through Oct. 30 and can be done seven days a week at 44 locations in Cook County and in all 50 Chicago wards.

For a list of Chicago voting locations, click here.

For Cook County locations, click here.

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