Chicago area early voting could set new record

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CHICAGO -- With the blistering Presidential campaign still going strong, early voting turnout is also strong. Local election officials expect the final tally to exceed 2012.

At early voting sites throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County, hours have been extended to 7 p.m. as of this week. Polls will even be open this weekend.

Last Sunday saw the highest number of early voters ever, with 11,000 Chicago ballots cast in just a few hours.

Election officials believe the Cubs were a factor, with people wanting to get their votes in before settling in for game 5 and the rest of the World Series.

County officials are also enthused about early voter turnout. Cook County Clerk David Orr expects this year to be record shattering.

"We're about 175,000 right now," Orr told WGN. "The record in 2012 is about 230,000 -- so we'll probably break that, maybe as early as Thursday or Friday."

Election officials are reminding voters that taking selfies is not allowed inside polling booths.

Early voting will be available every day through 7:00 next Monday.  Election day is next Tuesday, November 8.