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.
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.