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Monday marks the start of early voting in Illinois

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Election officials in Chicago say the number of voters casting ballots before the election could surpass 2008's historic numbers.

Early voting in Illinois began Monday and runs through Nov. 3, which is later than previous years. Also, the law now says anyone can vote by mail. In the last presidential election, voters needed a reason to do so.

Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon Neal predicts there will be at least as many early votes this year as four years ago, if not more.

In 2008, roughly 260,000 people voted early in Chicago. In suburban Cook County, it was roughly 226, 000.

However, the number of overall voters is down. Election officials say 2008 was a historic year which will be hard to match. Also, the city has lost some population.

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