Election Day is finally here, but a large share of IL voters won't be standing in line Tuesday at their local polling places.
Early voting closed on Friday and resumed again on Tuesday morning. The United States of America, and the rest of the world, are eagerly awaiting the results of this nail-biting election.
Voter advocacy groups are on high alert, anxious about possible voter intimidation stemming from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's repeated assertions that the election is rigged against him. Other states, such as Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Utah, had problems at some polling places that caused long delays, and many voters who waited in line for an hour or more in some cases left, according to various media reports. "I didn't know what I was doing because this is a new address here, so I've never voted here". Keep reading, because we will tell you about it right here.
CHICAGO - The number of IL voters who cast ballots before Election Day has far surpassed records from previous years.
Women are already voting at numbers proportionately larger than 2012 numbers. Among Republicans, the figure was 41 percent.
Voting rights advocates are urging state election officials nationwide to be on the lookout for efforts to disenfranchise, intimidate and discriminate against minority voters in next month's general election.
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Terri Hill in Broken Arrow said she voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president because of her foreign policy experience and she believes Republican Donald Trump is too unhinged to become president while Craig Bernheimer in Tulsa said he voted for Trump because of his business background and questions surrounding Clinton, such as investigations into her emails.
As Americans began voting on Tuesday, vigilantes who fear the election will be rigged and voting rights advocates who fear voter intimidation were keenly watching, The News York Times reported. According to sources, the victor of the election is likely to be declared between 4:00 am to 5:00 am EST on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
"When they go down, it means that the poll workers don't have a way to look up voters in order to check them in so that they can start voting", said Pam Smith, president of Verified Voting, a non-partisan group that advocates for transparency in elections. Confusing, restrictive, or unclear voting laws in states like North Carolina, Alabama, and MS have cropped up as a result.
Donald Trump has been campaigning heavily in MI, a state that hasn't gone Republican in a presidential election since 1988.
The ballot includes the presidential race, a U.S. Senate race and four U.S. House races. Wisconsin Election Commission officials predict turnout of near 70 percent, on par with the past two presidential elections where photo IDs were not required.