CHICAGO — The city is seeing big turnout this Election Day, with younger people leading the charge.
Between in-person and mail-in voting, the Chicago Board of Elections has received more than 1 million votes as of 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, spokesman Jim Allen. The city’s on pace to see 1.1 million to 1.2 million ballots cast.
That won’t be record-breaking, Allen said, but it is “very solid turnout.” The city’s at about 63 percent turnout and should hit the mid-70s.
“We are gonna have a real strong turnout for a presidential election, which range from the very high 60s to typically 74, 75 percent. I think we’re definitely headed toward the higher end of that range,” Allen said. “… I think we’re gonna have a very strong turnout relative to 2016, 2012 and 2008.”
More than 420,000 mail-in ballots have come in, and there were 364,649 early votes.
People age 25-34 make up the biggest group of voters so far, Allen said. The next biggest bloc of voters is people age 35-44, and then people 55-64. People age 45-54 are next, then people age 65-74 and then people age 75 or older.
People age 18-24 make up the smallest bloc of voters so far, but that’s also because they’re the smallest age group that can vote, Allen said.
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