Clerk Orr gives Election Day tips, trends

Date: 
November 5, 2018
Press Release
Elections

Orr: “All forms of Pre-Election Day Voting shatter record”

Click here to download the Election Day press packet.

The November 6 Gubernatorial Election has broken records in multiple categories for suburban Cook County – including the number of registered voters, the number of in-person early voters, mail ballots requested and mail ballots returned, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

“The ever-growing popularity of Pre-Election Day Voting, combined with some hot races throughout the ballot have shattered previous records for Gubernatorial Elections,” Orr said.
 

 

2010
Total

2014
Total

2018 Total (unofficial)

% Increase
2014-2018

Registered Voters

1,370,186

1,398,724

1,587,447

13.5%

Early Voting

83,871

128,011

238,425

86.3%

Grace Period Voting

1,582

6,903

4,983

-27.8%

Mail Voting Returned/Applications

25,004/33,000

51,237/62,000

71,838/111,847

40.2%

Total Pre-Election Ballots

110,457

186,151

315,246

20.0%

Total Ballots Cast

719,090

696,403

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% Pre-Election Ballots

15.4%

26.7%

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Overall Turnout

52.5%

49.8%

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*As of 11/4/18 at 3 p.m. Grace Period and Early Voting continue on 11/5.

**As of 11/4/18. Mail ballots postmarked by 11/6 can be received until 11/20.


Early Voting, Grace Period Voting, and Mail Voting set new records in suburban Cook County for a Gubernatorial Election. Mail ballot applications increased by over 20,000 from 2014, and as of November 4, nearly 72,000 mail ballots had been returned by voters, also a new record. Early Voting turnout was up 86.3 percent over the 2014 Gubernatorial Election.

An Election Information Notice was mailed to all registered voters last month. Voters are not required to show their voter ID card before voting, but it does list useful information including the voter’s precinct, polling location and voting districts. Voters can also check their registration status, precinct, polling place and sample ballot at the Clerk’s website, cookcountyclerk.com/VoterInfo.

Here are some standout statistics about tomorrow’s election:

  • 1,587,447 registered voters in suburban Cook County (1,416,881 in the 2014 Gubernatorial Election)
  • 214 candidates in 135 contests, 55.5 percent of which are uncontested
  • More than 7,300 Election Judges, working in 989 polling places
  • 238,425 ballots cast during in-person Early Voting through Sunday, comparable to 128,011 total early votes in 2014
  • The vast majority – 72 percent -- of early voters have been older than 50; Voters older than 60 have made up 51 percent of early voters
  • Women have made up about 55 percent of all suburban Cook County early voters
  • The five busiest Early Voting locations through Sunday were: Evanston Civic Center (11,466); Orland Township (10,833); Arlington Heights Village Hall (10,657); Northbrook Village Hall (9,782); Schaumburg – Trickster Art Gallery (9,022)
  • Recent Gubernatorial turnout in suburban Cook County:
    • 2006: 680,696
    • 2010: 719,090
    • 2014: 696,403
       

ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION

For Election Day Registration, participants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years old by November 4, and residents of their precinct for at least 30 days. Applicants must have two forms of ID, one of which must include their current address. No photo ID is required. Election day registration and voting is offered at every polling place however, voters must go to their home precinct to register and vote.
 

ELECTION RESULTS

Election results for suburban Cook County, not including Chicago, will be available in real time, after the polls close at: cookcountyclerk.com.

After polls close on Election Night, the Cook County Clerk’s office tabulates and displays unofficial vote totals that include: all early votes; all mail ballots received by Election Day; and all ballots cast in the precincts on Election Day. Precinct and township-level results are not available on Election Night.

The Clerk’s office will tabulate all mail ballots received within two weeks of Election Day if they are postmarked by November 6 as well as all provisional ballots that are verified. By statute, Illinois election authorities have up to three weeks to certify election results.


ELECTION DATA

Election data including voter registration statistics, turnout history, and Post-Election Reports from previous elections to 2008 are available at the Clerk’s website. Maps which show where voters cast their ballots throughout Cook County, as well as additional election data from previous elections, can be found in the Map Room section of the Clerk’s website.


OVERLAPPING DISTRICTS

Many district boundaries overlap with another election jurisdictions. In those situations, election night vote totals must be combined from different jurisdictions. A handy overlapping district chart is included in the press packet to help guide your coverage.


MEDIA CREDENTIALS AND GUIDELINES

Members of the media do not need a paper credential provided by the Clerk's office to visit, film or photograph suburban Cook County precincts. However, election judges will require news reporters, photographers and TV crews to show a government-issued or company identification card. Please remember interviews cannot be conducted inside the polling place.

 

PHONE NUMBERS

Media inquiries – Nick Shields

312.603.6952
312.802.4639

Media inquiries – James Scalzitti

312.603.0991
312.835.0817

Voter help line – English

312.603.0906

Voter help line – Spanish

312.603.6767

Voter help line – Hindi

312.603.6743

Voter help line – Chinese

312.603.6769

Voter help line – Polish

312.603.6770

Help line for voters with disabilities

312.603.0929

TDD (for voters with hearing disabilities)

312.603.0902

Legal hotline

312.603.0236

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