UPDATE: Chicago Voter Turnout Creeps Upward

February 26, 2019 - 5:10 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO)  -- Chicago election officials say they are seeing an uptick in the number of people casting ballots in the city's mayoral race after earlier expressing fears of a record low turnout.

Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen says that while turnout will be low, it may surpass the 33.8 percent turnout during the 2007 election.

Allen says turnout reached 26.9 percent of the city's approximately 1.6 million registered voters by late Tuesday afternoon. He noted the turnout is surprising considering the race is a hotly contested one, with polls showing at least three candidates with near equal support among voters.

Fourteen candidates are running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn't seeking a third term. If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.