Election Commissioner: Bad Weather No Reason to Avoid Polls

"This is Chicago. Chicagoans are tough. A little rain doesn't stop us," said Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal

Election Day in Chicago won't necessarily be a pretty day, but that's no reason residents should avoid their civic duty to cast a ballot, the commissioner of the Chicago Board of Elections said.

"This is Chicago. Chicagoans are tough. A little rain doesn't stop us and we have over 2,000 precincts," Langdon Neal told NBC Chicago just after polls opened at 6 a.m.

"Your voting location is no more than two or three blocks away in every direction. It's not an excuse. It never is for voters in Chicago. If they want to come to the polls, they will."

The city’s historic runoff election will be paired with unseasonably cool temps, overcast skies and possible rain showers. Foggy conditions with drizzles and occasional showers are expected as temperatures highs dip into the low- to mid-40s in much of the Chicago area.

The cooler temps will likely remain north of Interstate 80, with temperatures in areas south reaching into the 50s and possibly near 60.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible overnight into Wednesday with the chilly temperatures lingering in the area.

Warmer weather returns Thursday with highs in the mid- to upper-60s, but strong and possibly severe thunderstorms are possible.

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