Long Lines For Last Day of Early Voting; Polls Open Until 5 pm

By Mike Fourcher | Saturday, November 3, 2012

Voters lined down Sunnyside Ave. to vote at the Welles Park field house this afternoon. Credit: Mike Fourcher

The line to early vote at the Welles Park field house was well over two hours and stretched down the block by mid-afternoon today, while voters at the Horner Park field house also reported a two hour wait.

The Chicago Board of Elections reports a record number of early voters as a percentage of turnout. The line for grace period registration at the 69 W. Washington Ave. location is down the block, says Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen.

“We’re going to come close to what we did four years ago [in 2008],” said Allen. “But, in 14 days, rather than [2008's] 18 days. The average per day is way higher.”

Allen says that so long as a voter is in line by 5:00 p.m. they will be processed today.

“We have someone go to the end of the line and whoever is in line at 5:00 p.m. will be processed, however long it takes,” said Allen.  Yesterday, “the average time for voters to get through line for all 51 [early voting] sites was around 6:15 p.m. A few were open until 7:30 and 7:45.”

Chicago voters do not just have to vote at the early voting location in their ward, they can vote at any early voting location in the city. Click here for a complete list.

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