Illinois sees jump in turnout for early voting
CHICAGO — The number of people voting early has surpassed the 2014 total in Illinois and many other states, with days to go before Tuesday’s election.
The Illinois State Board of Elections says nearly 840,000 early votes had been cast statewide as of late Wednesday. During the 2014 midterm election, 791,000 total early votes were cast.
Spokesman Matt Dietrich says this year’s numbers are almost keeping pace with the 2016 election. Turnout during presidential election cycles is typically much higher than for midterms.
Data compiled by the Associated Press show turnout for mail and in-person voting has so far exceeded 2014 levels in about 20 states, including Wisconsin, Indiana, Florida, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
In Illinois, voters are deciding all statewide offices including governor, as well as several competitive congressional and other races.