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Illinois voters must check new polling places, turnout to be strong

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

If you didn't vote early, it's too late now. The only way to cast a ballot is in person. With all of the new districts in play, you'll also need to double check your polling place.

A lot of people took advantage of early voting this year. They're going to avoid all the Election Day madness that is sure to happen.

Cook County Clerk David Orr said even though early voting ended five days earlier than in 2008, more people participated this year - about 2,800 more people.

For those voters who do plan on casting their ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6, they'll see a very long ballot this year, especially for those voting in Cook County. The electronic one is 12 pages long. For a paper ballot, there are actually two ballot forms for voters to go through.

Officials are asking voters to allow extra time, but they will allow people to bring cheat sheets in with them, to help them remember who or what they want to vote for.

Since Illinois' re-districting, some voters' polling places have changed. Officials advise checking for the correct polling locations before heading out on Tuesday.

Voters do not have to carry photo identification with them this year – if they are asked for it, that incident can be reported. To be safe, just bring a utility bill or the like so that polling volunteers can verify signatures electronically.

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% turnout of 2008. Enthusiasm was especially pronounced that year when Chicagoan Barack Obama was on the presidential ballot for the first time.

Orr said he thinks final voter turnout figures from suburban communities should be 70% or higher.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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