Chicago broke its primary election record for early voting Sunday as the coronavirus continues to spread and people look for ways to maintain “social distancing.”
With 145,905 early votes through Sunday, Chicago beat its last primary election record for early voting with a full day to go before the formal election, according to the Chicago Election Board. Earlier in the day, the city broke its record for mail-in ballots, with nearly 118,000 ballots requested.
The record-setting numbers come as the CDC warns people against congregating in groups of 50 or more for the next eight weeks, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois rose to 93.
Despite several states opting to delay their primaries — including Georgia and Louisiana — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Sunday the state’s Tuesday primary won’t be pushed back.
“If we delayed the election, it is unclear when we might be able to hold another one,” Pritzker said. “...We’re working with our local county clerks, all across the state and boards of elections, to make sure that in-person voting on Tuesday is conducted safely. But remember, today, tomorrow and Tuesday, all our election days. Democracy must continue. We have to elect leaders, even in less than ideal circumstances.”
Contributing: Tina Sfondeles