President Obama casts early vote in Chicago

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CHICAGO – President Barack Obama is using a return to his hometown of Chicago to cast an early ballot in this November’s election.

Obama’s motorcade stopped at the Cook County Office Building after he had completed speaking at a fundraiser for Democratic House candidates.

Obama has been encouraging people in speeches and radio interviews to register to vote and to get to the polls. He led by example Friday. He shook the hands of about a dozen poll workers and was directed to a desk where cameras watched from about 30 feet away.

As Obama marked the ballot, he joked about the camera operators catching his every move. He said: “Now, they can’t see me, can they?”