Clerk Orr: Early Voting ‘off to a great start’

October 23, 2018
Press Release

First day total more than doubles 2014 Gubernatorial Election

Early Voting for the November 6 Gubernatorial Election got off to what Cook County Clerk David Orr called, “a great start” in suburban Cook County Monday, with more than twice as many voters casting their ballots as did on the first day of Early Voting for the 2014 Gubernatorial Election.

A total of 17,361 suburban Cook County voters went to their Early Voting sites on Monday, a number that reinforces Orr’s observation that, “early voting, in all forms, gets more popular with each election.” That number more than doubled the 8,298 on the first day of Early Voting in the 2014 Gubernatorial Election.

The most popular of suburban Cook County’s 53 Early Voting sites on Monday were: Orland Township, where 899 ballots were cast; Northbrook Village Hall, where 773 ballots were cast, and the Arlington Heights Village Hall, where 701 early voting ballots were cast.

Monday’s total not only exceeded the total for the first day of Early Voting for the 2014 Gubernatorial Election, it surpassed the combined number of early votes cast in the first two days of early Voting in 2014, 17,148. It was also busier than any day of Early Voting in 2014.

The record number of voters on the first day of Early Voting in any election was set in the 2016 Presidential Election, when 25,578 voters went to vote early. Monday’s total puts the first day of Early Voting in the 2018 Gubernatorial Election in second place, though.

Only time will tell whether this shows a shift in voter behavior or if it’s an early sign this will be a high turnout election.

Suburban Cook County voters have the option of voting at any Early Voting site in suburban Cook County or at the Clerk’s downtown Chicago office. They can take advantage of new feature to make the Early Voting experience quicker and easier, the Early Voting Wait Time Viewer. Viewable either on desktop computers or mobile devices, the Wait Time Viewer on the clerk’s office website provides visitors to the page with an interactive map that will show the wait time – if any – at each of suburban Cook County’s Early Voting sites. The site updates every 20 minutes. 

In-person early voting is not the only way that you can vote before Nov. 6. Approximately 91,000 suburban Cook County voters have applied for mail ballots. The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is Nov. 1, but Orr urges voters not to wait until the last minute to request a mail ballot. To apply online for a mail ballot go to

The Clerk’s website also has a complete list of early voting locations and hours, with an early voting map and chart, and early voting totals from previous elections.

Gubernatorial Election Early Voting in Suburban Cook County
Election Year 1st Day Total Final Early Voting Total
2010 3,260* 83,871
2014 8,298 128,011
2018 17,361 N/A

*First Official Day of early Voting in 2010 was a County holiday (Columbus Day). 3,260 early votes were cast on the next day.