As of 11 a.m., almost one million Chicagoans had voted, at a rate of roughly 30,000 Chicagoans every hour, since the polls opened at 6 a.m. That’s in addition to the unprecedented early voting and vote-by-mail turnout. Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen said the city may not see Harold Washington-level records — that 1983 mayoral race saw an 83% turnout. But the city could very likely hit the top 70%.
At the Beverly Arts Center, site 19, which serves the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods, early-morning voters waited about an hour to vote. But not all voting sites were as busy: For example, by mid-morning the UIC Dorin Forum, which hosts three precincts and voting for two wards (the 11th and 24th), was eerily quiet.
Hundreds gathered at the United Center, a so-called “Super Site” available to all Chicago voters for same-day registration, vote-by-mail ballot return, and in-person voting on Nov. 3 through 7 p.m.