* There have been scattered problems reported in Chicago’s voting so far this morning. A handful of precincts in formerly powerful Democratic bastions haven’t had enough polling judges to open. Those wards include 32, 35, 23 and 4, which is the home of Toni Preckwinkle’s South Side organization. The failure to open has caused at least one legislative challenger to hint darkly of conspiracy…
* But the Chicago Board of Elections says this had nothing to do with any conspiracy. Sometimes, judges just don’t show up…
With reports of some polling stations opening more than an hour late Tuesday, officials with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners were considering the relatively rare step of going to court to force those precincts to stay open late.
“People should still count on the polls closing at 7 p.m.,” said Jim Allen, spokesman for the election board. “However, there may be isolated incidents where we go to court and say that because polling places weren’t open or because they had difficulty getting equipment set up on time, or because judges arrived late or were not in attendance, we may have to go into court and ask that those particular precincts remain open a little bit longer.”
Allen said he had no reason to believe the delays were intentional, and election officials were still trying to determine how many precincts were affected.
* The Tribune has a piece on light Chicago turnout and heavier suburban turnout…
Business was more brisk at a polling place at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Downers Grove. An election judge there said turnout was better than expected. […]
There was a small line of people waiting to vote at a polling place at St. John Lutheran Church in Darien.
“It’s been pretty busy, people come and go,” said election judge Marion Maida.
Andy Wrona, 32, of Darien said he voted mainly because his wife is a teacher. “The tough talk against unions made me come out and vote for a certain candidate,” he said.
* What’s going on in your neck of the woods?