High registration may forecast high turnout

Date: 
October 18, 2004
Press Release
Elections

Some of the highest suburban voter registration figures ever recorded may translate into a record turnout of voters casting ballots in the November election, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced today.

According to unofficial figures released by the Clerk’s office, there are 1,375,573 suburban residents who registered to vote by the October 5 registration deadline.

The registration total is second only to the record of 1.40 million for the presidential election of 1992, outpacing the 1.32 million registered voters for November 2000 and the 1.33 million for November 1996 (see below).

“Although this election’s registration figures don’t reach the record set in 1992, our voting lists are cleaner and more accurate than ever,” Orr said. “That translates into a higher percentage of actual eligible voters likely to show up to cast ballots on Election Day.”

The Clerk’s office completed a mail canvass this summer to update the voting list to account for former residents who have moved out of the county or died.

Despite the canvass, figures show increases in registration in almost all 30 suburban townships compared to four years ago.

The highest percentages of new registrations since the 2000 presidential election come from townships experiencing new development and residential growth: namely, Lemont (up 18.6 percent), Orland (up 13.4 percent), Rich (up 10.5 percent), and Hanover (up 9.7 percent).


COOK COUNTY REGISTRATION FIGURES
(Presidential Election Comparisons)

TOWNSHIP Nov. ’04 Nov. ’00 Nov. ’96 Nov. ’92
BARRINGTON 9,292 8,523 8,322 8,547
BERWYN 23,759 24,046 26,022 29,331
BLOOM 53,930 53,275 57,119 56,754
BREMEN 64,775 62,245 63,606 64,284
CALUMET 10,353 10,102 10,841 10,814
CICERO 25,654 25,687 24,642 28,514
ELK GROVE 43,881 42,702 43,090 46,774
EVANSTON 47,114 43,290 44,691 49,823
HANOVER 37,972 34,610 30,197 29,780
LEMONT 11,883 10,021 8,243 7,085
LEYDEN 43,389 45,292 47,670 52,894
LYONS 60,525 59,048 60,206 64,188
MAINE 73,208 70,411 73,466 78,964
NEW TRIER 38,608 37,704 38,822 41,367
NILES 60,883 57,164 59,304 63,578
NORTHFIELD 55,404 51,102 50,033 53,465
NORWOOD PARK 15,115 14,689 15,496 16,743
OAK PARK 34,400 31,983 32,026 36,133
ORLAND 61,847 54,558 46,633 42,033
PALATINE 58,671 55,638 53,276 58,481
PALOS 32,275 31,565 32,577 32,867
PROVISO 88,309 85,868 87,529 93,963
RICH 46,091 41,705 40,436 38,463
RIVER FOREST 7,298 7,162 7,334 7,883
RIVERSIDE 10,223 10,052 10,310 11,108
SCHAUMBURG 66,325 62,704 60,852 67,031
STICKNEY 18,960 19,529 21,228 22,455
THORNTON 103,681 98,838 104,204 104,999
WHEELING 85,300 82,374 82,395 89,282
WORTH 86,448 84,063 88,238 92,947
TOTAL 1,375,573 1,315,950 1,328,808 1,400,550
*Unofficial registration totals as of 10/14/04