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Where do I vote? 20-percent of Chicagoans to head to new polling locations | Election Day 2012 Chicago

Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Several hundred DeKalb County residents crowd the Chamblee, Ga., early voting center to cast ballots on the last day of advance voting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 for next weeks General Election. County officials expected a large turnout as advance voting wraps up.

Several hundred DeKalb County residents crowd the Chamblee, Ga., early voting center to cast ballots on the last day of advance voting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 for next week's General Election. County officials expected a large turnout as advance voting wraps up. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Redistricting leads to changes in polling locations for some Chicago voters on Tuesday, which is Election Day 2012.

"Tomorrow is the voters' day. Finally after a year and a half of a very arduous campaign cycle, tomorrow belongs to the voters," Chicago Board of Elections Commissioner Langdon Neal said.

Election officials are visiting the poll locations on Monday in preparation for Election Day 2012. Turnout is expected to be high, but not record-breaking Tuesday. Already, 20-percent of all registered voters have cast a ballot via early voting and absentee voting options.

"Illinois may not be a swing state, but I tell you our voters are fired up," said Cook County Clerk David Orr. "If I had to guess and I had no other information, I doubt we make it to 2008, but I think we'll be in the 70-some percentile, which is significant."

Officials want to get the word out that because of redistricting, 20-percent of voters will vote in new locations. Officials are urging voters to check their precincts.

"It is going to be an issue for some of our voters who don't check their polling place before. I mean, it's understandable. You've been voting in the same place for the last 10, 15 years," Neal said.

Since the ChicagoElections.com website was overwhelmed with traffic voters can find their polling place at the state's website http://elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/RegistrationLookup.aspx. The other option is to call the elections office at 312-269-7900.

Polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Anyone in line by the closing time of 7p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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