Early voting numbers surge in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 15:  Voters casts their ballots at ChiArts High School on March 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Voters in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio vote in primary elections today.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 15: Voters casts their ballots at ChiArts High School on March 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Voters in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio vote in primary elections today. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The number of Illinois voters who cast ballots before Election Day has far surpassed records from previous years.

The Illinois State Board of Elections released totals Tuesday showing that over 1.7 million residents voted early.

The number, which counted through Monday, includes those who cast early ballots in person, sent them by mail or used grace period registration, which lets people register and vote at the same time.

The vast majority of people who voted before Election Day — nearly 1.4 million — cast in-person ballots at polls.

Compared to past presidential contests, over 1.3 million people voted before the 2008 election and over 1.5 million did in 2012.

In Chicago, roughly 400,000 people voted ahead Tuesday’s election, with over 325,000 early ballots cast in person. That bested the city’s previous record of 260,000 in 2008.