Early-Voting Poll Lines Are Long Two Days Before Election Day

November 04, 2018 - 11:13 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- One of the perks of early voting is avoiding long lines on Election Day Tuesday.

But in some locations across the city and suburbs, queues are beginning to stack up.

One person in Naperville told WBBM she waited an hour at Naperville's city hall to vote Saturday, and that when she left, the line was even longer. People were lined up at 7:30 a.m. for the location's 8:30 a.m. opening.

An election judge there told her he had never seen such activity in his years as a judge -- not even on a presidential election day.

Lines also formed for the opening of the Chicago Board of Elections' pop-up early voting site at 175 W. Washington St., down the block from City Hall. By early afternoon, waits were minimal, although a steady stream of voters came and went.  Several said they considered it the most important vote of their lives because of the gridlock in Washington and Springfield. 

But what a difference one floor makes!  The Cook County Clerk's downtown early-voting site is in the Dunne County Administration Bldg., at 69 W. Washington St., but it is a floor down, in a hard-to-find corner of the Pedway, despite frequent signage.  Mid-afternoon Saturday it was virtually empty, with more judges than voters on hand.

WBBM Newsradio offers you a map of early voting locations near you.

WBBM Newsradio staff contributed to this report.