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Early Voting In City Election On Track To Be Highest In Years With 60,000 Ballots Already Cast

Nearly triple the amount of vote-by-mail applications have been requested as in the past.

Chicago polling places give out wristbands instead of stickers to people who vote.
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DOWNTOWN — Early voting in Tuesday’s general elections is on track to be the highest in recent years.

As of Thursday night, 60,153 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.

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 more than 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.