Chicago's early voting sites expected to reopen Friday

February 4, 2011

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Early voting in Chicago is expected to restart Friday morning at locations across the city. All but one of the polling sites have been shut down since the blizzard arrived.

The 50 early voting sites in Chicago's neighborhoods - one in each ward - have been closed since Tuesday.

"We couldn't get employees to those locations," said Jim Allen, spoksman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. "Even if we did get employees to those locations, it's very doubtful that voters would have been able to get to those locations."

Allen notes that many of the early voting sites are at parks buildings and libraries that've been closed up the past couple days.

The one polling location that's remained open all week is the election board's downtown office. Allen says fewer than 50 people cast ballots there on Wednesday.

State law does not allow for any make-up days, and Allen does not expect the blizzard closures to affect final turnout.

"We think the same people who would've turned out the last couple of days will find time in their schedule in the next week or so and just pick another date," Allen said.

Early voting continues through February 17th.