Nov 8, 2022 - Politics

Chicago wards with the highest early voting numbers

Photo of the inside of a voting booth.

Voters cast their primary ballots at the Latin American Motorcycle Association in June 2022. Photo: Jim Vondruska/Getty Images

It's Election Day! If you're heading to the polls, don't forget your handy Axios Chicago voting guide.

  • Polls are open until 7pm.

What's happening: Chicago Public Schools are closed today for a new state holiday called the "2022 General Election Day," designed to close schools so the buildings can be used for polling places.

  • The University of Illinois is also closed.

Yes, but: The state holiday only applies to public schools.

  • State offices like the DMV are closed, but banks and the post office remain open.
Early Voting Numbers
Data: Chicago Board of Elections; Table: Axios Visuals
Data: Chicago Board of Elections; Table: Axios Visuals

Driving the news: More than 158,963 Chicagoans opted for early in-person voting, with a surge in the past few days that created two-hour waits in some locations.

  • One Lakeview site finished out its line after 10 pm. Monday night.
  • Some voters ordered pizza in line.

Zoom in: Wards on the far Northwest and Southwest sides ā€” heavy with city workers ā€” saw the highest early voter turnout.

  • Wards representing Little Village, West Englewood and Brighton Park saw some of the lowest.

By the numbers: Early ballots received through Monday evening ā€” either by mail or early voting ā€” totaled 269,785 in the city.

  • For comparison, that total was 311,986 in the 2018 General Election.

Of note: You can still drop off your mail in ballots to these locations.

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