CHICAGO — As Election Day arrives in Chicago, the home of the Bulls and Blackhawks is being used as a polling place for voters for the first time.
The United Center is open as a polling place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with 12 rows where voters can cast their ballots besides the Michael Jordan statue.
The city has also set up drop boxes in special locations for Election Day, including outside the United Center, Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field.
The Chicago Board of Elections said Monday more than 756,000 people have voted early in-person or by mail-in ballot, turnout that surpasses the record from the 2016 election season.
The Board of Elections said they expect to have 90% of the city’s election results by 10 p.m. Same-day voter registration is also available to voters at all polling places.
The board added that turnout has been very high today, with over 30,000 ballots being cast each hour. If the trend holds, the Board expects 1.1 million to 1.2 million total ballots cast, a turnout north of 70%.
The board said younger voters are leading the way. The 25-34 year age group has casted 220,000 ballots as of Tuesday afternoon — that’s the largest city voting block so far.
So far, Cook County has processed 430,000 mail-in ballots. In 2016, there were only about 100,000 that were processed.
As for suburban Cook County voters, mail-in ballots can be dropped off at one of seven super-site locations, which include:
- Union Station 225 South Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60606
- Cook County Clerk’s Office: 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
- Skokie Courthouse: 5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077
- Rolling Meadows Courthouse: 2121 Euclid Avenue, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
- Maywood Courthouse: 1500 Maybrook Drive, Maywood, IL 60153
- Bridgeview Courthouse: 10220 South 76th Avenue #205L, Bridgeview, IL 60455
- Markham Courthouse: 16501 South Kedzie Avenue, Markham, IL 60428