Identifying Suburban Cook County Voters

Date: 
August 9, 2004
Press Release
Elections

An analysis of the March 16, 2004 Primary Election conducted by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office shows that 74-year-old men were the most committed voters in the suburbs, having the largest voter turnout of any age group.

Forty-five percent of 74-year-old men who were registered to vote in suburban Cook County cast ballots in the primary election, figures show.

Their rate outpaced the county-wide average for participation among suburban registered voters, which was 31 percent. Of the 1,295,632 persons registered to vote in suburban Cook County, 406,115 cast ballots in the primary.

The lowest turnout was among 22-year-old men, of whom only 9 percent who registered to vote showed up to cast ballots on Election Day.

The Clerk’s analysis involved using voter registration files to retrieve the dates of birth for voters who signed applications to receive ballots on Election Day. It revealed turnout figures for registered voters ages 18 to 104.

“Older voters predictably voted at higher rates than younger voters,” Orr said.

He noted that all voters ages 43 to 84 turned out to vote at rates higher than the suburban average of 31 percent. For 20- and 30-somethings, participation was lower than 20 percent.

“The lower turnout among young voters shows that we’re on the right track in aggressively pursing our Teen Democracy programs to foster interest in the electoral process among high school students,” Orr said. “We hope to get youths into the habit of voting, so they’ll continue that activism throughout their lives.”

In general, the gender figures show that suburban women tend to participate in voting slightly more consistently than suburban men until the 48-year-old age group. At that point, the trend shifts and suburban men turn out to vote at a higher rate than suburban women in almost every age group, results show.

Still, the percentage of suburban women who register to vote in every age group easily outpaces the number of men who do so — averaging 54 percent to men’s 46 percent.

Below is a chart outlining male/female voter turnout for ages 18 to 104.

 

MARCH 16, 2004 PRIMARY ELECTION
SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY VOTER TURNOUT


Voter % Registration by age      % Turnout by age
age % female  % male       % female  % male
18          54%          46%            18%          19%
19          50%          50%            22%          23%
20          50%          50%            13%          14%
21          51%          48%            11%          12%
22          53%          46%            10%          9%
23          52%          47%            11%          10%
24          54%          43%            12%          10%
25          53%          45%            11%          10%
26          55%          45%            12%          11%
27          54%          46%            12%          12%
28          55%          44%            13%          11%
29          57%          43%            15%          12%
30          55%          44%            15%          13%
31          56%          44%            16%          14%
32          58%          42%            18%          15%
33          57%          42%            20%          17%
34          57%          42%            22%          18%
35          55%          44%            23%          21%
36          55%          44%            24%          22%
37          54%          45%            26%          24%
38          54%          45%            27%          25%
39          55%          45%            29%          27%
40          54%          46%            30%          28%
41          55%          45%            31%          29%
42          55%          45%            32%          30%
43          54%          46%            32%          31%
44          54%          45%            34%          32%
45          54%          46%            34%          33%
46          53%          47%            34%          34%
47          54%          46%            35%          34%

Voter  % Registration by age       % Turnout by age
age    % female %male        % female % male
48          53%         46%            35%          35%
49          53%          47%            36%          36%
50          52%          47%            36%          36%
51          54%          46%            36%          36%
52          52%          48%            36%          37%
53          53%          47%            38%          38%
54          53%          47%            37%          38%
55          53%          47%            38%          38%
56          52%          48%            37%          38%
57          52%          48%            37%          38%
58          51%          48%            37%          38%
59          52%          48%            39%          39%
60          53%          47%            39%          39%
61          52%          48%            39%          39%
62          51%          48%            39%          40%
63          52%          48%            40%          40%
64          51%          49%            39%          41%
65          52%          48%            39%          41%
66          53%          47%            41%          42%
67          51%          49%            41%          43%
68          52%          48%            40%          42%
69          52%          48%            40%          43%
70          53%          47%            42%          44%
71          53%          47%            41%          44%
72          54%          46%            42%          44%
73          54%          45%            41%          44%
74          53%          47%            40%          45%
75          55%          45%            41%          43%
76          55%          45%            41%          44%
77          55%          45%            40%          43%
78          54%          46%            38%          44%
79          56%          44%            38%          41%
80          55%          45%            36%          41%
81          56%          44%            34%          39%
82          57%          43%            33%          38%
83          59%          41%            33%          38%
84          58%          42%            30%          35%
85          60%          40%            29%          34%
86          61%          38%            28%          32%
87          59%          41%            25%          32%
88          63%          36%            25%          28%
89          62%          38%            23%          28%
90          62%          37%            22%          28%

Voter   % Registration by age      % Turnout by age
age   % female %male              % female  % male
91          66%          33%            22%          27%
92          68%          32%            19%          23%
93          70%          30%            20%         20%
94          70%          30%            20%          23%
95          74%          26%            18%          19%
96          77%          23%            14%          13%
97          72%          28%            14%          14%
98          78%          22%            16%          12%
99          65%          35%            12%          17%
100         61%         39%            11%          19%
101         76%         24%            14%          12%
102          57%          43%            24%          33%
103          53%          47%            12%          20%
104          55%          45%            28%          34%