11/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Early Voting Closes After Record Turnout

On the last day of early voting, officials are reporting that more than 400,000 people in the city and suburban Cook County have already turned out to cast their ballots.

More than 225,000 people had voted at the city's 51 early voting locations as of poll closing Wednesday, according to the Chicago Board of Elections.


"The response to early voting is monumental," Clerk David Orr said in a release. "Voters are willing to wait at busy sites to cast ballots. It's inspiring to see so many people determined to participate in this election."

Early voters have queued up all day Thursday at the County Building, but the lines kept moving.

At the George W. Dunne Cook County Office Building, 69 W. Washington St., they had to open the polls half an hour early because so many people were ready to vote.

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Watch the report on the final day of early voting below: