LIVE BLOG: More Than 117K Chicago Votes Cast on Election Day So Far

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2019-02-26 13:22:42

Election Day has arrived in Chicago, with voters across the city heading to the polls Tuesday. 

Here’s a look at live updates from voters and polling places across the city as the 2019 municipal elections begin. 


12:20 p.m.: 

11:21 a.m.: As of 11 a.m., more than 117,000 votes have been cast in Chicago, according to election officials. 

10:45 a.m.:  Chicago’s next mayor may not be decided by tonight. Here’s why. 

10:20 a.m.: A very smooth day so far at the Glessner House, a museum in the Prairie District that functions as a 3rd Ward polling place. A steady stream of voters has been in and out here, very intent on having their voices heard. Precinct Captain says most people come after work, and reminds South Loop residents that even if there is a line, you should get in that line – it assures you can vote, even if 7 p.m. comes and goes.

9:44 a.m.: After reports of electioneering in the 25th Ward at Precinct 4, election officials say “field dispatch is fully aware of the complaints and is keeping an eye on things over.” 

9:22 a.m.: Chicago Board of Elections says polls at Precinct 4 in Ward 45 were “up and running around 8 a.m.”

8:43 a.m.: Chicago Board of Elections says it has called Precinct 41 in the 44th Ward after reports they were checking signatures and asking for the last two digits of voters’ social security numbers. Election officials said they called the precinct and “rules were clarified.” 

8:36 a.m.: Chicago Board of Elections responds to a complaint that voters were turned away at precinct 3 in Irving Park. Election officials said they have spoken to judges at the precinct and are “following up accordingly.” They also reported looking into a compalin that some voters were turned away from precinct 9 in the 46th Ward. 

8:30 a.m.: Chicago Board of Elections says turnout is above 40,000 as of 8 a.m. 

8 a.m.: Candidate Gery Chico has voted at Polling Place 42 at Harold Washington College.

7:45 a.m.: Vallas said he feels optimistic after casting his ballot.

7:20 a.m.: Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas votes at the Beldon Stratford in Lincoln Park.  

6:30 a.m.: With Emanuel stepping aside, and a number of young progressive challengers vying for aldermanic seats, City Council could soon look quite different. Here’s a look at 12 big races happening across the city.

6:15 a.m.: The first votes have been cast! Not sure what you should bring with you to vote? Here’s a checklist.

6 a.m.: Polls open across Chicago! Find your polling place here. You can also see who will be on your ballot before you vote. Click here for more. 



Who’s running for mayor? Fourteen people are running to be Chicago’s next mayor, the largest number of candidates in city history. 

Where do they stand on certain issues? To help cut through the campaign noise, we asked all 14 candidates for mayor seven questions to help inform voters on who they are and where they stand on certain issues the city faces. See their answers here. 

Who’s endorsed? If you’re still undecided, it can be helpful to known who’s backing whom. Click here for a breakdown of the 14 mayoral candidates’ endorsements.

What questions will be on the ballot? In addition to voting for your chosen candidates, you can weigh in on issues specific to your ward and even down to your precinct. Click here to find the questions that will be asked of various Chicago voters.

How to get live results: Live Election Day coverage will air on NBC 5 throughout the evening and at 10 p.m. You can also track up-to-the-minute race results live in the NBC Chicago app – where you can turn on notifications to get alerts on winners of the biggest races – and right here on For more info click here. 

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