Early voting is up in Illinois over the last mid-tem election, and a group supporting the minimum wage increase is claiming some of the credit.  The latest confirmed total is 437,536 early votes, exceeding the 380,883 from the last mid-term in 2010. Jaribu Lee, a member of a group that’s part of the Raise Illinois Coalition, is excited.
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“We have already broken the record for a mid-term election. There are still three days of early voting left, and we are confident that the tremendous number of citizens coming out to vote in large numbers will continue,” she said at a rally in Chicago Thursday to celebrate the success of early voting in driving up turnout numbers.  The coalition has been registering voters and canvassing on behalf of the non-binding minimum wage question, focusing on voters who sat out in 2010.
Election experts say some of the gains, though, are people being more accustomed to the opportunity to vote early, which began in Illinois in 2006.
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