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Day 2: Top 5 Chicago Wards for Early Voting Turnout

A look at the top Chicago wards for voter turnout after the second day of early voting



    Chicago's Early Voting Turnout Highest in These Five Wards

    Early voting has been slow in the Chicago area with weather, perhaps, being the biggest factor. Though some are also having a hard time choosing which of the 14 candidates to vote for. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest on the mayoral race.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019)

    Two days into early voting in Chicago's mayoral and aldermanic election, and turnout increased in the 42nd and 43rd wards, putting them in the top five.

    Here's a look at the top wards for voter turnout after the second day of early voting: 

    19th Ward: 494 votes

    41st Ward: 481 votes

    4th Ward: 333 votes

    3rd Ward: 261 votes

    10th Ward: 246 votes 

    Early voting started slow, perhaps due to sloppy weather, and with 14 mayoral candidates, some are having a hard time choosing who to vote for.

    It's a non-partisan primary with a runoff of the top two in April if no one gets more than 50 percent.

    Monday was the first day of early voting in all 50 wards. Here are the top five wards on the first day:

    41st Ward: 291 votes

    19th Ward: 284 votes

    42nd Ward: 261 votes

    4th Ward: 234 votes

    43rd Ward: 185 votes

    The 4th Ward is home to Toni Preckwinkle, and the 19th Ward is home to Jerry Joyce. The 19th and 41st also traditionally have the most city workers, as well as police and fire department employees living there.

    In the 14th Ward, where it is expected to be a tough re-election fight for Ald. Ed Burke with opponents Tanya Patino and Jaime Guzman, only 62 voted on the first day of expanded early voting.

    There is also a big increase in the number of mail-in vote requests. Those ballots are not part of the early vote totals and will not be counted until Election Day.

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