Chicago-area officials: Voter turnout to be strong


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Posted Online: Nov. 05, 2012, 12:37 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) Chicago-area election officials say they expect voter turnout for Tuesday's election to be heavy if not as heavy as four years ago.

Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal told reporters on Monday that he expects final turn-out to be strong.

But Neal doesn't think it'll reach or exceed the 74 percent turnout of 2008. Enthusiasm was especially pronounced that year when Chicagoan Barack Obama was on the presidential ballot for the first time.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says he thinks final voter turnout figures from suburban communities should be 70 percent or higher.

But he doubted the figure will surpass the record set for Cook County suburbs in 1992. Nearly 76 percent of registered voters cast ballots that year, when Democrat Bill Clinton won the presidency.














 




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1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
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