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Number of early voters in Chicago expected to triple from 2006

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The number of early voters in Chicago is expected to triple this election season compared to four years ago.

That’s according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

Absentee ballots have also increased by over 30 percent since 2006.

Langdon Neal is chairman of the Chicago election board. “More and more people are choosing this form of voting as opposed to waiting until election day. But we think from everything we can see that there appears to be growing and growing voter interest and that we hope that we will exceed where we were four years ago and get over 50 percent,” Neal said.

Neal says a new law allowing residents to cast absentee ballots without explaining why they won’t be present on election day has increased voter interest.

The deadline for early voting in Chicago is today.

Neal says numbers are down from the presidential election in 2008 but that was to be expected.

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