Primary registration figure highest ever

Date: 
February 26, 2004
Press Release
Elections

A record number of suburban Cook County residents are eligible to cast ballots in the March 16 presidential primary election, according to figures released today by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office.

As of the February 17 registration deadline, 1,297,006 residents in suburban Cook County were registered to vote in the primary, the highest number of eligible voters prior to a presidential primary. That figure compares to 1,221,254 in March 2000 and 1,215,588 in March 1996 (see below).

"Increases in registration have occurred in nearly all 30 suburban townships from four years ago," Orr said. "Individuals have more ways to sign up to vote as a result of the motor voter law, which allows people to print applications from the Internet and register at drivers license facilities."

Based on U.S. Census figures for Chicago and suburban Cook County, Orr estimated that 2.5 million of the approximately 3.4 million eligible, voting-age citizens in Cook County (Chicago and suburbs) are now registered to vote.

The highest percentage of new registrations since 1992 is reflected in townships – primarily in the northwest and southwest portions of the county – that have experienced new growth and development: specifically, Lemont (up 94 percent), Orland (up 74 percent), Hanover (up 55 percent), Rich (up 35 percent), Barrington (up 24 percent), and Palatine (up 20 percent).

Orr noted the increase in registrations comes even after the Clerk’s office conducted a voter canvass last fall that resulted in inactivating the registrations of more than 100,000 voters in suburban Cook, most of whom had either moved or died.

"My office takes particular pride in keeping clean voting lists, which is the best way to guard against vote fraud," Orr added.


COOK COUNTY REGISTRATION FIGURES
Presidential Primary Comparisons

 

TOWNSHIP March ’04 March ’00 March ’96 March ’92
BARRINGTON 8,565 7,736 7,738 6,934
BERWYN 22,671 22,527 23,569 25,720
BLOOM 51,287 49,871 52,932 47,855
BREMEN 61,352 58,996 59,865 53,022
CALUMET 9,907 9,445 10,292 8,783
CICERO 25,510 23,550 22,256 26,161
ELK GROVE 41,285 39,361 39,292 38,725
EVANSTON 41,405 36,042 37,972 37,820
HANOVER 35,228 31,553 26,071 22,713
LEMONT 11,096 9,135 7,341 5,732
LEYDEN 42,657 43,739 45,379 47,239
LYONS 58,274 55,549 55,439 55,443
MAINE 69,768 66,227 69,113 69,812
NEW TRIER 36,606 35,604 35,737 36,105
NILES 57,203 53,250 55,460 56,947
NORTHFIELD 51,810 47,206 46,234 46,396
NORWOOD PARK 14,717 14,241 14,880 15,298
OAK PARK 30,496 28,202 27,769 28,369
ORLAND 58,806 50,580 41,871 33,764
PALATINE 54,484 50,737 47,172 45,324
PALOS 31,170 29,884 30,330 28,997
PROVISO 83,614 80,831 79,948 80,664
RICH 41,766 36,981 35,852 31,057
RIVER FOREST 6,881 6,626 6,606 6,741
RIVERSIDE 9,899 9,567 9,620 9,844
SCHAUMBURG 60,671 57,914 53,689 52,819
STICKNEY 18,721 18,907 20,003 20,598
THORNTON 97,171 91,376 96,625 88,654
WHEELING 80,536 76,119 75,191 75,377
WORTH 83,450 79,498 82,342 82,547
TOTAL 1,297,006 1,221,254 1,216,588 1,185,460