Smooth going in early voting
Election monitors from the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project
mostly smooth operations Tuesday.
Bob Wilson, the group's chairman said
19 members were charged with monitoring the performance of approximately
6,000 electronic voting machines across Cook County.
Campaign signs on the ground outside an Uptown precinct. / Photo by Jack Newell
The group monitors for technological and human problems and by midday
Tuesday, had little to report, he said.
"We have not had many calls from the city, the calls we've had so far
[are from] Suburban Cook County," he said.
John Charles, campaign coordinator for State Sen. Iris Martinez said the
office received a few calls about problems at polling places, including
one in the 28th precinct on the Northwest Side, where voting equipment
was accidentally delivered to the wrong location.
A poll worker came to the Martinez campaign office to report the
problem, Charles said.
More than ballots punched on Near West Side
An argument between two election judges at a Near West Side polling place at 600 W. Washington Blvd. ended in arrest Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli said one of the judges, a woman who was not identified, sustained minor injuries after being punched in the face by Evon McAllister, 27.
McAllister, of the 2800 block of West Jackson Blvd., was charged with one count of battery after the 2 p.m. incident, Mirabelli said.
Mirabelli said he did not know what led to the argument.--Carrie Topolinski
Early turnout low in some North Side precincts
It was a quiet morning and afternoon for poll workers at the 38th Ward's 5700 W. Berteau polling place, located in Luther North High School, where voter turnout was less than expected.
The polling stations for the 11th and 44th precincts had each handled about 90 voters as of 2 p.m.
Quiet morning in 20th precinct / Photo by Jack Newell
Less than a fourth of the voters were using the new electronic voting system. Judges said the new system takes longer because of voters' lack of familiarity with the technology, especially among older voters.
"A lot of younger people who are tech savvy like to use them," said 44th precinct judge David Nelson.
The 45th Ward's polling place at 4434 N. Laramie, in Our Lady of Victory School, saw slightly heavier traffic. The polling stations for the 25th and 47th precincts each handled about 140 votes by 2 p.m., which was about what was expected.--Mark DraughnExtended hours sought for Northwest Side precinct
Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen said the board would head to court late Tuesday to file for an extension of voting hours in the 28th precinct on the city's Northwest Side.
Voting was delayed in the precinct Tuesday morning when it was discovered that election equipment had been delivered to the wrong address.
The court appeal will seek to keep the precinct open until 8 p.m.--Jennifer Slosar
Electronic voting a limited option
Electronic voting didn't pose much of a problem for Chicago voters.
Election board spokesman Jim Allen said there
is only one electronic voting machine per precinct.
Voters at precinct 16, Queen of Angels church / Photo by Jane Danielson-Rickard
suggest election workers were not reminding voters of this option. "They're available to anyone who wants to use
them," said Allen, "but we have to give first priority to people who
need a touch screen because of physical disabilities."
also said that, as of 5 p.m., his office had received reports of only
.3 percent of electronic voting machines malfunctioning.
That works out to slightly more than six machines, according to the Board
of Election Commissioners website, which lists 2,290 precincts in the
In the 20th ward, a scanner went down temporarily, but didn't cause any delays, Allen said.--Jennifer Slosar