The snow has proved not to be a stumbling block for Chicago residents determined to cast an early vote in Chicago’s mayoral and aldermanic runoff elections.
Voter turnout reached record numbers Monday.
A total of 7,914 people voted on the first day of early voting March 23, the highest voter turnout on the first day of early voting in a municipal election since the start of early voting in 2007.
Only 5,522 voters cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in this year’s Feb. 24 municipal election.
A heated race for mayor between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia as well as runoffs for 18 aldermen, the most runoffs in two decades, is thought to be the reason for the large voter response.
According to a Sun-Times poll, Emanuel has a 16 percent lead over Garcia, 48 percent to 32 percent. A Latino Policy Forum Poll, however, shows Garcia a head of Emanuel 61 percent to 18 percent among Latino voters.
“The weekend before election day on the 24th, Chuy was being polled at around 23, 24 percent,” Munoz said. “And he came in at 34.”
Early voting ends April 4. The election is April 7. Voting is available at 51 sites citywide.
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