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Low Voter Turnout Reported

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Low Voter Turnout Reported

Low voter turnout is being reported across Cook County today.

Jim Allen is a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. He says some of the precincts that normally have high voter turnout had 25 or fewer voters in the first few hours of the day.

ALLEN: The day got off to an amazingly slow start. We had precincts reporting all over the city that they had five or fewer voters in the first hour of voting.

Allen says there is usually an evening rush on election, but he says he doesn’t expect much of one today.

Allen says he expects no more than a third of Chicago’s registered voters to make it to the polls.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says it’s been pretty quiet at the precincts he’s seen today.

ORR: It’s kind of slow in parts. I certainly noticed as I went around that there didn’t seem to be a lot of voters around. But it’s a little early to tell given the fact that a lot of people vote after 4:00.

Clerk Orr says about 30 percent of registered voters usually come out in non-presidential primaries. He also says this morning’s snow didn’t help bring out the vote.

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