02/19/2011 12:29 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Early Voting: Three Times Higher Than In Last City Election

Sure, there was that massive blizzard a couple of weeks ago. But that didn't stop Chicagoans from participating in early voting in much higher numbers this cycle than last citywide election.

In total, 73,251 people cast their ballots early for next Tuesday's city election, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. While the board acknowledges it's an unofficial number, it's still around three times more than came out for early voting in 2007.

It wasn't a record-breaking turnout for early voting: the 2008 primary and 2010 general elections both did a bit better, according to the Board. But those were national elections, and turnout is traditionally much, much lower for citywide voting. As a proportion of total voters, this number is likely to be higher than those previous elections.

Not to mention, early voting stations were closed for two and a half days because of the snow.

Polling places for early voting closed on Thursday at 5 p.m., but there's still a form of early voting available: voters can cast an in-person absentee ballot at the headquarters of the Board of Elections downtown, through Monday.

Otherwise, it's down to Tuesday, when you'll have to head to your regularly scheduled polling place.