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Election Judge May Have Told People How to Vote: Officials

Tuesday's election could set a record for low turnout, officials said.



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    Voting was light at the Wayne Wright American Legion Hall, at 1258 W. Wrightwood Ave., when polls opened at 6 a.m.

    A case of an election judge possibly seeking to sway voters at the polls was among the few problems reported in what could be a record low turnout election Tuesday, Chicago officials said. 

    The board of elections is investigating the allegations of improper actions by a judge in the 5th Ward, who may have advised voters on which candidates to pick in both the mayoral and aldermanic races there, according to board spokesman Jim Allen. The name of the polling place and judge are being withheld during the investigation. 

    Earlier in the day, officials dismissed allegations from one mayoral candidate who said issues with voting machines were causing supporters' ballots to print the wrong name.

    Officials project that turnout is expected to hover close to 30 percent, possibly dipping below previous record low from 2007. 

    Polls are scheduled to close at 7 p.m., though sites in four precincts will stay open an extra hour because they opened late. 

    All eyes Tuesday night will be on results from the mayoral race. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel must take more than 50 percent of the vote in the five-way race to win another term outright. Otherwise, the top two finishers will face off in an April runoff. 

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