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Chicago mayor runoff election turnout light, after heavy early voting

CHICAGO — Election officials say voting in Chicago's runoff is going smoothly although turnout has been light.

Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen says preliminary estimates Tuesday afternoon show roughly 28 percent turnout, but officials say that's expected to increase through the evening.

In February, turnout was roughly 34 percent compared with about 42 percent in 2011.

Six precincts will stay open an hour longer after opening late. Three election judges were removed — one for loud and abusive conduct, another for not removing headphones and a third for erratic conduct.

The major contest is between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Election officials were investigating complaints that a large inflatable Uncle Sam with a sign supporting Emanuel was too close to a polling place. Allen says the owner has agreed to remove the sign.

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