Workers from the Chicago Board of Elections opened polls across the city this morning for early voting in the mayoral and 50 aldermanic campaigns. Regardless of where they are registered to vote, voters can use any of 51 polling stations at the Board of Elections offices and in all 50 wards.
In the 47th Ward, election judges at the Welles Park field house reported that 14 people had early voted by 10 a.m. this morning.
Voters have an opportunity to choose from the first slate of mayor candidates without a Daley since 1989, which has raised expectations for turnout with some campaigns are predicting as many as 1 million voters this year.
The 47th Ward has a surprise competitive election, as Ald. Eugene Schulter announced his retirement two weeks ago. This is the first time since 1975 that voters in the 47th Ward will not be able to vote for Eugene Schulter, as four new candidates are vying to succeed him.
33rd Ward Ald. Richard Mell and 40th Ward Ald. Pat O’Connor are both running uncontested.
Early voting polls are open every day, including Sundays and Lincoln’s Birthday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., today through Thursday, Feb. 17. Besides the Welles Park field house, you can find other early voting locations here.
The regular election day is Tuesday, Feb. 22. Run-offs for elections (both aldermanic and city-wide) that do not have a simple majority winner will be held on Tuesday, April 5.