Early Voting Tripled 2007 Numbers

Not bad, considering polling locations were closed during the blizzard

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    Three times more people voted early in the 2011 Municipal Election than in 2007, according to unofficial totals from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

    That's not a record-setter, but considering early polling stations were closed for two-and-a-half days during the blizzard, it's considered a success.

    Before early voting ended Thursday, 73,251 Chicagoans cast ballots in the election that will bring Chicago one step closer to its next mayor.

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    That's about 10,000 fewer than the 2008 Presidential Primary and November 2010 General elections, according to the Board of Election Commissioners.

    In-person absentee voting continues at the Election Board, at 69 W. Washington St., on the Lower Level. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
    On Tuesday's Election Day, voters must cast ballots at one of the 2,570 polling places assigned to them, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.