It's been a slow start at the polls this morning in Illinois, according to reports from across the state. The Sun-Times is reporting that officials at the Chicago Board of Elections say voter turnout has been pretty low, according to reports from judges across the city. Only one polling place may need to stay open thus far, due to problems with the ballots, but other than that there have reportedly been no technical problems with Chicago voting as of yet.
In Wicker Park, Progress Illinois reporter David Milton Brent echoes the observations of low turnout at other polling places. An election judge confirmed that turnout seemed low so far at the Wicker Park/Bucktown Library, outside of a "small trickle" of voters who ventured into the polling place this morning during the 8:00 hour. PI reporter Brent noted the "small, but pretty steady stream" of voters this morning as well, although, he added, "nobody seems to have any idea who the state Senate candidates are." Incumbent Annazette Collins and Patricia Van Pelt Watkins are in a heated race for the Democratic nomination in the Illinois Senate's 5th District.
Progress Illinois has reporters out in the field covering some of today's most highly-contested races. Check back with Progress Illinois often for more on today's election.