"This is the way every election should be"

Phyliss Zaparaniuk has been an election judge in the Ukranian Village for at least eight years, and it's clear to her that today's voting was unlike anything she'd seen before.

Her precinct, the 17th, is in the 32nd Ward and normally draws about 225 voters.

By mid-afternoon today, she'd tallied 384 voters, in addition to 163 early voters.

"That's amazing.  I'm really proud of this," she said.  "To see that kind of turnout is very uplifting. It's great to see people taking pride in America."

The line at the polling place, at Columbus School, 1033 N. Leavitt, was out the door before voting started at 6 a.m. It didn't go down until 9 a.m.

By 4 p.m., a steady stream of voters trickled through the gym, casting their ballots without a wait.

But  Zaparaniuk expected things to pick up as people end their workdays and head to the polls.

She said voters appeared to have few problems casting ballots.

"It's been the smoothest election since I've been here," she said. "This is the way every election should be. It's about time people recognized their individual responsibility to vote."