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It’s election day: Don’t forget to vote

Turnout may be lower than four years ago.

Kemone Hendricks, a worker with the Jonathan Nieuwsma campaign, says she only encountered four voters between 7 and 8;30 a.m. as she passed out literature in front of the Lake Street Church polling place. (Jeff Hirsh photo)

It’s primary election day in Evanston and the polls are open until 7 p.m. We’ve got a guide to the candidates who are on the ballot.

City Clerk Devon Reid told aldermen at Monday night’s City Council meeting that just under 2,000 people cast ballots during early voting at the Civic Center. Reid, who’s among the candidates running for 8th Ward alderman, says the early vote typically amounts to 25% to 30% of the total.

That would indicate total turnout this year could be between 6,700 and 8,000 — substantially below the 10,167 ballots case in the 2017 primary when there was a five-way race for mayor.

The Cook County Clerk’s office late this morning said it has received 4,507 requests for mail-in ballots and 2,091 of them had been returned and processed as of 9:30 this morning.

As long as mail-in ballots are postmarked by today, they can be received at the County Clerk’s office up to two weeks from today and still be counted. Ballots delayed in the mail could be a bigger factor than usual this year because of the weather-related delays in mail pickup and delivery last week.

A large number of late-arriving mail ballots also have the potential to shift the outcomes of elections that appear close when the rest of the ballots are counted tonight.

We’ll have results for all the local races after the polls close this evening.

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