Patch at the Polls: Judges Report High Turnout in Final Hours of Election
Several precincts saw nearly half of registered voters with only one hour left in the midterm election.
5:50 p.m. — Loews movie theater in Woodridge
Also voting on the referendum for District 113A are some residents of DuPage Township.
Precincts 41 and 128 had a "very good turnout," with 664 voters as of 5:50 p.m., election judges said.
"Precincts 41 and 128 vote for Lemont 113A -- I think that attributed to heavier turnout than expected, judge Lorianne Juskiewicz said. "We've had a lot of activity from the moment we opened. We had a line several times throughout the day."
Juskiewicz said the turnout has been impressive, especially considering Tuesday was a midterm election.
"Compared to the past midterm elections which were very quiet, we've been very active," she said.
5:45 p.m. — Centennial Community Center polling place
Dozens of voters waited in line at Centennial Community Center with a little over an hour left in the election.
As of 5:45 p.m., 470 of 1,358 registered voters in Precinct 11 cast their ballots. Precinct 9 had 267 out of 700, while Precinct 13 had 505 out of 1,175, according to election judges.
These figures do not include early voters and absentee ballots.
5:30 p.m. — Lemont Township polling place
Precinct 6 -- one of the largest in Lemont Township -- had 410 voters as of 5:30 p.m., election judge Sue Donahue said. There are 1,082 registered voters in the area, and about 90 voted early, she added.
"There are obviously a lot of issues that people are interested in this election," Donahue said. "It's nice to see people come out, and not take this for granted. A lot of countries aren't able to do this."
Aside from a broken machine early in the day, voting at Lemont Township carried on without any problems, another election judge said.
5 p.m. — Lithuanian World Center polling place
Lemont Township Precincts 3 and 14 had strong voter turnout throughout the day Tuesday, election judges said.
As of 5 p.m., 375 of 931 registered voters had cast their ballots in Precinct 14. An additional 135 either voted early or absentee.
"There has been a little bigger crowd than expected," one Precinct 14 election judge said. "We've had a good mixture of people, young and old."
In Precinct 3, judges said 432 out of 1,220 people voted early.
Outside the center, members of Citizens for 113A continued urging people to vote yes for the referendum in Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A. Despite facing a number of residents opposed to the referendum, many voters expressed their support as they walked into the polling place.
"My kids are grown, but I still support the schools," said Robert Buonauro, a nine-year Lemont resident. "I'm supporting the referendum because I believe it is vital to the future of our community."