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Problems Reported With Chicago Election Website

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President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images/Luke Sharrett and Joe Raedle)

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images/Luke Sharrett and Joe Raedle)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – As polls opened on election day, voters trying to log onto the Chicago Election Board website were having problems gaining access.

The site appeared to be inundated with users trying to check their voter registration status, find their polling place, and review a sample ballot.

While officials said the site was not down, the site was taking a long time to load on users’ screens–or not loading at all. Officials said the site was back up and running on Tuesday afternoon. However, the site was still running very slow.

Election officials expect heavy turnout today–up around 75 percent of eligible voters.

A reporter at cbschicago.com got this message when he tried to access the site around 6:45 a.m.: The system cannot communicate with the external server ( chicagoelections.com ). The Internet server may be busy, may be permanently down, or may be unreachable because of network problems.

The State Board Of Elections has created a page to help voters in Chicago find their polling place. You can click here to access that page. That page is working, but users may experience delays in accessing the data.

Tuesday’s election is the first since the once-a-decade redistricting shifted 20 percent of registered voters’ addresses into a different precinct.

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