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Chicagoans Are Trying to Vote Even Though There Are No Elections Today

By Kelly Bauer | November 3, 2015 12:52pm
 Chicagoans are trying to vote, but there are no elections.
Chicagoans are trying to vote, but there are no elections.
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THE LOOP — In Chicago, you're supposed to vote early and vote often.

This is kind of pushing it, though: Chicagoans have been trying to vote even though there are no elections Tuesday.

Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Board of Election Commissioners, said dozens of people have called asking when and where polling stations are going to open.

The short answer: They're not.

"We have dedicated voters," Allen said. "Once we explain to them that there's no election today, they just are gratified to know that they didn't miss something."

The mixup stems from people hearing about elections in Indiana, Kentucky and other states, Allen thinks. And some people have driven by polling places that operate during the years there are elections and have called to ask why they're not open.

"People hear reports and they think, 'Wonder if there's one I'm missing out on?'" Allen said.

It's not the first time there's been a mixup like this. The calls happen regularly during odd-numbered years, when Chicago doesn't usually have elections, "especially around November," Allen said. They don't bother the office, which is preparing for primary elections in March.

"We're glad they're tuned in and we're looking forward to March 15," Allen said.

In the meantime, maybe those people who were trying to vote can find another outlet for their political eagerness: The Board of Election Commissioners is looking for people to volunteer as poll workers.

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