CHICAGO (WBBM) – Tomorrow’s municipal elections will be history-making in a number of ways.
Langdon Neal, the chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, says it’s “the first election in 64 years where we have not had a sitting mayor running for re-election.”
“We also have 239 aldermanic candidates running for election [and] only seven uncontested ward races.”
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Neal said election investigators will be on hand “ready to respond to any potential problems that might occur in the polling places.”
In the 24th Ward, there are 18 candidates–with an unknown number of campaign workers.
“One hundred feet in front of the polling place belongs to the voters,” Neal said. “It is a campaign-free zone.”
Neal predicts turnout of just around 50 percent.
“Some of our voters feel fatigued,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of elections, a lot of special elections.”
Neal says he wouldn’t be surprised to see runoffs in half the contested aldermanic races.