Officials say Ill. voter turnout lower than past -

Officials say Ill. voter turnout lower than past

CHICAGO (AP) -- The polls have closed in Illinois' primary election.

The Illinois Board of Elections says turnout is lower than previous years.

Board of Elections spokesman Mark Greben says the turnout is below 30 percent of registered voters and the average has been 37 percent and higher in past years.

Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon Neal says it started out as a very quiet day and was steady all day long. He says turnout likely won't hit 30 percent for voters in the city.

He says all Chicago polls opened on time and closed on time.

Neal says there were only minor problems at polling places in the city, including three judges at three different precincts who were removed for drinking alcohol.

Illinois' primary is the first election of 2010.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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