Early voting doubles in suburban Cook County

November 3, 2006
Press Release

Nov. 3, 2006 Early voting doubles in suburban Cook County More than 31,000 suburban Cook County voters took advantage of the early voting period for the Nov. 7 general election, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced on Friday.

“I’m pleased that the convenience of early voting allowed so many people to cast ballots,” said Orr, the main proponent of the early voting law. “I expect the numbers to grow even more in the future as early voting catches on in Illinois.”

Even more important was the reaction of voters over the past few weeks, Orr said.

“We have thousands of surveys completed by voters,” Orr said. “Nearly 99 percent of the respondents rated their voting experience as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good.’”

Registered voters in suburban Cook County were able to vote early from October 16 to November 2 at any one of 32 sites which were scattered across suburban Cook, as well as in downtown Chicago.

Early voting was conducted on touch screens that store every ballot style in the county, permitting any voter in suburban Cook to vote at any location. When early voting was first introduced for the March primary, it was conducted on optical scan ballots, and voters were restricted to one local site unless they cast a ballot downtown or in a courthouse.

Approximately 14,000 people voted early for the March primary.

Preliminary totals for the top sites are as follows:

  1. Northbrook – 2,757
  2. Orland Park – 2,227
  3. Evanston – 1,725
  4. Palatine – 1,720
  5. 69 W. Washington St. – 1,625