Early Voting soars to new single-day record

Date: 
October 14, 2008
Press Release
Elections

Suburban Cook County voters today set a new single-day Early Voting turnout record for the second consecutive day, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced.

A total of 9,193 suburban residents voted today. That's 1,456 more than yesterday and 1,696 more than the busiest day during the Early Voting primary period.

"Clearly, people like Early Voting and the convenience it offers," Orr said. "At this pace, we'll exceed the primary's high of 51,000 early voters in about six days."

A total of 16,930 suburban voters have cast ballots in the first two days of Early Voting for the Nov. 4 Presidential Election. The 43 suburban polling places and one downtown location averaged a combined 1,000 voters per hour.

In addition, more than 20,000 absentee ballots have been requested. Another 736 suburban voters have participated in grace period registration, beating the February record of 562 with a week left before the Oct. 21 deadline.

TURNOUT TOTALS ONLINE

The data should be available each night about 6 p.m.

Early Voting runs from Oct. 13-30. There are 43 suburban Cook County locations plus the Clerk's downtown office, 69 W. Washington. Hours are: Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and 9 a.m. to noon at select locations on Sundays.

A government-issued photo ID is required for Early Voting. All votes during Early Voting are cast on touch screen voting equipment. For more information about Early Voting, visit earlyvoters.com.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

Members of the media are reminded they need to have printed yellow media credentials from the Cook County Clerk's office to enter a suburban Early Voting site. Photographers must have voter consent to take pictures and any interviewing must be done outside the polling place so as not to interfere with other voters' experiences.

Credentials are available in person at our downtown office, 69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, or by contacting Courtney Greve (312.603.0931) or Trevor Layton (312.603.0997).