Turnout for Tuesday's election in the Chicago area should be strong, if early voting is any indication.
Illinois is not a swing state, but Cook County Clerk David Orr says voters are fired up. Orr says 20 percent of voters in suburban Cook County voted early and set early voting records.
"People came out of the woodwork for the last days of early voting, almost 229,000," said Orr. "That’s for Suburban Cook ... breaking our record of 2008”
The same cannot be said for voters in Chicago. No early voting records were set in th city despite the long lines many voters faced. Early voting was shortened by five days this year, making for a bigger concentration of voters.
Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal says there were other reasons for the long lines.
“Because of certain budget restrictions we didn’t have all the locations we wanted, and our rooms were smaller," Neal said. "That's not an excuse but a fact. We'll make adjustments to our early voting sites now that we are seeing more and more voters choosing early voting.”
“Tomorrow if you vote during the peak times, there maybe some lines. Another factor is it’s a long ballot so it may take longer to vote.”
Neal also asked Chicago voters to double check their polling place before they head out because it may have changed. Redistricting that took place this year means about 20 percent of voters will have a new polling place.
You can check your polling place by going on line, or texting the Board of Elections commissioners or by simply calling.
Illinois does not require voters to have an identification to vote on election day. Only in rare occassions such as when a voter is on the inactive list may that person be asked for an i.d.
Polls open at 6am Tuesday.