Posted Online: Nov. 05, 2012, 12:37 pm

Chicago-area officials: Voter turnout to be strong

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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.