The runoff election for mayor and 18 aldermen appears to be generating interest. In the first hour that Early Voting was available on Monday, there were approximately 1,000 voters at the 51 Chicago sites.
It's been since 1991 that there have been 18 aldermen in runoffs. There's never been a mayoral runoff since the city went to a consolidated election with candidates not having to declare political parties.
Even with the snowy weather that is considered a "good solid start," said Jim Allen at the Chicago Board of Elections.
As of 5:15 p.m. Monday, there were a total of 7,914 voters across the city voting early -- the highest number ever recorded for the first day of early voting for a municipal election.
Election Day falls this year during Spring Break for Chicago Public and Chicago Archdiocese schools.