By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Strong voter turnout Tuesday morning indicates the overall turnout percentage will be in the mid 70s, according to the Chicago Board of Elections.

As of shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, 1,002,582 voters had voted, or about 63%, said board chairman James P. Allen.

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Voter turnout was steady but descending each hour, the board said. In the first hour, 30,000 voters went to the polls, followed by about 28,600 the second hour. By 2 p.m. the turnout was closer to 20,000 voters.

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The biggest voter group by age so far has been 25 to 34-year-olds with 222,000 voters casting ballots. That group was followed by 35 to 40-year-olds with 182,000 voters turning out. Just under 161,000 55 to 64-year-olds turned out, followed by about 154,000 45 to 54-year-olds.

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Allen referred to Election Day so far as a “relatively smooth day,” noting few issues at polling places.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff