CHICAGO - If early voting in Cook County gives hint to what may happen statewide Tuesday, a higher percentage of voters will pull Repubican ballots Tuesday, while the overall percentage of registered voters participating is likely to remain at the low 25 percent mark.
Cook County Clerk David Orr reports that while slightly less Cook County voters took advantage of early voting in 2014 than they did in 2010, more of those voting pulled Republican ballots this year than in 2010.
- 34,035 ballots cast during early voting, comparable to the 34,829 early votes in 2010
- The busiest early voting locations were: Arlington Heights Village Hall (1,477); Schaumburg Public Library (1,439); Melrose Park Village Hall ( 1,385); Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette (1,373)
- 46.5% of early voters cast Republican ballots (compared with 31% of early voters in 2010)
- A majority of early voters cast Republican ballots in 15 of the 30 suburban Cook County townships
- Barrington (88.5%), Palatine (77%) and Wheeling (74%) townships had the greatest percentages of Republican ballots cast during early voting
- 1,451,593 registered voters in suburban Cook County (1,439,415 in 2010)
- 361 candidates in 244 contests, 63 of which are contested
- 9,000 election judges, working in 1,078 polling places
- Recent Gubernatorial Primary turnout in suburban Cook County:
- 2010: 25.5%
- 2006: 25.0%
- 2002: 33.4%
- 1998: 23.9%
More than 1.45 million suburban Cook County residents – a record number – are registered to vote in tomorrow‘s Gubernatorial Primary Election, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.
“Turnout may be low for a primary in a non-presidential election, but voters should remember that the names on their ballots in November are a result of the contests in March,” Orr said. “This only underscores the importance of voting in the primary.”