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Early voting turnout high in suburban Cook County, but low in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Early voting in Chicago is running well behind the pace set in the last presidential race in 2008.

The Cook County Board of Elections said 145,000 people have cast ballots since early voting began, which is down more than 100,000 from the same time four years ago. The number may be down because there have been fewer days to cast ballots this time around.

But numbers in the suburbs are running about the same or slightly ahead of the levels set in 2008. County Clerk David Orr said Monday that if the pace continues, early voting in the suburbs may reach a record set four years ago.

Early voting turnout in suburban Cook County was up 84% compared to the first week of early voting in 2008 on Monday. It was 18% higher than in the second week of early voting four years ago.

Officials caution, however, that comparisons are tricky. Early voting began a week later this year, and it lasts two days longer to the Friday and Saturday before Election Day.

Suburban voters can cast ballots early at any of 44 early voting sites from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 3.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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