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Chicago Seeing Big Turnout For Election — And It’s Led By Young People

The city's on pace to see 1.1 million to 1.2 million ballots cast.

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) was spotted voting at Haas Park Field House, 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave.
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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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