Record Voting Turnout in Chicago

November 4, 2008

Voters wait outside of a Ravenswood Polling Place at Montrose and Wolcott (Photo by Christopher Hiltz) 2008 will go down as a historic election, and not just because of the results. Turnout has exceeded expections, particularly in the morning hours. The Chicago Board of Elections is predicting that 80-82% of registered voters came out to the polls today, pushing the numbers over the 1 million mark. The city's record for voter turnout was 2 million in 1952, but the past two presidential elections have only seen 1 million votes. The Board of Elections is attributing 20% of these record numbers to early voting. These are the most early votes since 1944.