Many residents of suburban Cook County, it seems, just wanted to get the whole voting thing over with.
With two weeks left until the election, over 13,500 voters of the Cook suburbs had cast votes by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, with additional votes eligible from people still in line when the polls closed, the Cook County Clerk’s Office reported.
In 2008, the first day of early voting brought only about 7,700 votes. The eighth day in 2008, more comparable due to compression of early voting to 13 days, netted about 10,600 votes. In 2008, 226,000 early votes were cast overall.
"Turnout is already impressive and I hope it keeps up until early voting ends Nov. 3," said Cook County Clerk David Orr in a press release. "We are sending extra help to the early voting sites to help handle the crowds."
Voting totals at Hodgkins Village Hall, the closest site for Lyons Township residents, were 468. (All voting totals for all locations can be found here.)
Lyons Township residents can find out where to vote early here. Early voters require a government-issued photo ID.
Early voting ends on Nov. 3.