Polls officially open statewide – NBC Chicago


The day when you can exercise your civic duty has finally arrived: the 2022 midterm elections in Illinois.

On Tuesday, voters across the state are being asked to weigh in on everything from who Illinois’ next governor should be, to which justices should sit in Illinois on the Supreme Court, to whether or not to change the constitution of the state.

And then of course there are dozens of local referendums, as well as newly drawn neighborhoods in the suburbs where members of Congress face heated races.

We’ll be posting live updates here throughout the day on what Election Day looks like in Illinois, how to get results, how to find your designated polling place and more.

7:20 a.m. — Pritzker Vs. Bailey: Where do things stand for the Illinois gubernatorial race

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is predicting a landslide victory as he seeks re-election to a second term in a heated race against Illinois Senator Darren Bailey.

In a last-minute bid to woo voters, Pritzker appeared at a rally in Rockford on Monday where he recalled his 16-point victory in 2018 over the then government. Bruce Runner.

However, some say that after a pandemic, a crime spike and inflation problems, a 16-point win would be hard to recreate.

“I would be surprised,” said political strategist Thom Serafin. “I think the race is between four and eight points right now,”

7 a.m. — Yes, you can bring notes with you to vote

Yes, you can bring notes (or your phone) into the voting booth with you to vote. But no, you can’t take a selfie during a poll, it’s against the law.

Whether this is the first or fortieth Illinois election you’re voting in, it’s a good idea to review the do’s and don’ts of voting in person on Election Day. Here is a recap.

6:40 a.m. – Early voting turnout is higher in some suburbs than in the city

Voters in DuPage County wasted no time heading to the polls early Tuesday morning.

Just after the polls opened, NBC 5 Chicago reporter Lisa Chavarria reported from Elmhurst that suburban Chicago officials said early voter turnout figures showed many took advantage of mail-in voting .

In Chicago, early voter turnout overall is down from the 2018 midterm elections, the Chicago Board of Elections said Tuesday, but an increase on the last day of early voting helped push it up a bit. this numbers. Officials said more than 269,000 people cast ballots on Monday.

Another note on DuPage County – unlike other counties in the state that have designated polling places on Election Day, DuPage County voters can vote at any polling place in DuPage County. DuPage.

DuPage County is in Illinois’ newly redesigned 6th congressional district — a district that has one of the most competitive races for congress.

Incumbent Democratic Representative Sean Casten, a Downers Grove scientist and entrepreneur, is seeking a third term. In 2018, he became the first Democrat to represent the 6th District in decades when he ousted longtime Rep. Peter Roskam. The district was a major target for Democrats after 2016, when Roskam held the seat even though Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won it by 7 points over President Donald Trump.

Casten won a second term in 2020 fending off a challenge from former state Rep. Jeanne Ives, with the district serving as something of a barometer in recent election cycles defined across the United States by suburban-leaning voters. to be more democratic than they always voted.

District boundaries changed with the redistricting after the 2020 U.S. Census, moving south to include more suburban communities in southwestern Cook County. The remapping also resulted in a competitive primary this year for Casten, who beat fellow Democratic incumbent Marie Newman in June.

He now faces GOP candidate Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau. Pekau is an Air Force veteran and business owner who was elected mayor in 2017. He defeated six other Republican primary candidates and has since worked in law enforcement and crime a major focus of his campaign, particularly the state-level criminal justice reform measure known as the SAFE-T Act which, among several changes, ends cash bail in Illinois in 2023 .

6:20 a.m. — Yes, you can register to vote on Election Day in Illinois

With Election Day comes the age-old question: Wait, am I registered to vote?

It’s okay if you don’t know the answer to this question yet. You can search for your voter registration using the Illinois State Board of Election’s voter registration search tool here.

If you’re not registered to vote, don’t worry — in Illinois, you can register to vote and vote on Election Day.

However, you will need to make sure you go to a polling place that offers same-day registration. You can search for that here.

If you are registering to vote, or have changed your address and need to re-register to vote, be sure to bring two pieces of identification with your correct mailing address. These can be in the form of utility bills or payslips.

Here is more information about it.

6 a.m. – Illinois polls officially open

The doors are officially open.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, all polling places in the state, wherever you live, must open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

According to a Tuesday morning update from the Chicago Board of Elections, the best time in Chicago to beat the lines is mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

And remember – if you line up after the polls close at 7 p.m., you can still vote. As long as you line up before the polls close, you’re good to go.

NBC Chicago

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