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Early Voters Wait in Long Lines

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Early voting in Illinois has officially ended. But many voters Thursday night waited in lines to cast their ballots.

Just a little before Thursday’s 5 p.m. cutoff, a line of early voters waited out on the sidewalk at a polling place on Chicago’s Near North Side. Lorna Brett-Howard says she was voting early because she’ll be out of town next week.

BRETT-HOWARD: This is my third time trying and I was turned away at the Fullerton library and they said, ‘Go over to Access Living because there’s nobody there.’ Came here yesterday, two and a half hour wait. Now I’m back. I don’t know that I’m going to be able to vote because I’ve got to get back to my kids.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners says he, quote, “just saw a line that would put Disney to shame.” In Chicago and suburban Cook County, anyone in line before 5 p.m. should be allowed to vote Thursday.

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