Early Voting Week 1: Orland, Wheeling busiest sites

October 18, 2010
Press Release

During the first week of Early Voting, the Orland Park Village Hall and Wheeling Township Hall were the busiest sites in suburban Cook County with more than 2,400 ballots cast. 

About 1,300 people voted at the Orland Park location and 1,164 voted in Wheeling through Sunday. The Northbrook Village Hall also served 960 voters. Altogether, 16,650 suburban voters cast ballots since Early Voting began Oct. 11.

A cumulative tally of early voters by location is available online.

Friday was the busiest day so far, with 3,746 early voters participating.

"With 11 days remaining in the Early Voting period including today, we're on track to exceed Early Voting totals from this February's primary and the Gubernatorial Election in 2006," Clerk David Orr said.

There were 32,903 early voters in November 2006; 34,839 suburban Cook County voters participated for the February 2010 primary.

However, participation is far below Early Voting turnout during the 2008 Presidential Election when more than 43,000 voters cast ballots in the first week.

Early Voting continues until Thursday, Oct. 28. All sites are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. Ten locations will be open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please visit cookcountyclerk.com for a full list of Early Voting sites and hours of operation. A downloadable pdf map of Early Voting sites is also available. Chicago voters must vote at an Early Voting location in Chicago.

State law requires early voters to display valid identification to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include: a current driver's license, state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph.

Illinois first adopted Early Voting for the 2006 primary election. A history of suburban Cook County Early Voting turnout is below:

March 2006 Primary: 15,609 of 345,970 ballots (4.49% of total turnout)
November 2006 General Election : 32,903 of 680,696 (4.85% of total turnout)
February 2008 Primary: 51,116 of 585,449 (8.73% of total turnout)
November 2008 General Election: 226,084 of 1,056,242 (21.4% of total turnout)

February 2010 Primary: 34,839 of 367,688 (9.7% of total turnout)

 Voters in the general election will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, U.S. senator, representatives in Congress, state senators, and representatives in the General Assembly. Certain county offices -- including county board president and commissioners -- will also be elected.