Record-setting first week of Early Voting

October 31, 2016
Press Release

Spurred by a record-breaking first day of Early Voting last Monday, the first week of early Voting in suburban Cook County set a new Presidential Election record, surpassing the high mark set in 2008.

From Monday, October 24 through Sunday, October 30, 140,385 suburban Cook County residents took advantage of Early Voting, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

Through all forms of pre-Election Day voting combined – Early in-person, Mail, and Grace Period – a total of 175,191 suburban Cook County voters had voted through Sunday.

“It’s a remarkable testament to the interest in this election, as well as how voters have embraced voting early in person and by mail,” Orr said.

Early Voting turnout was up 44.5 percent compared with the first week of Early Voting in 2012, and up 3.6 percent over the first week in 2008.

Early Voting Participation by Location

The busiest early voting sites through one week of early voting have been:

  1. Orland Township (6,637)
  2. Arlington Heights Village Hall (6,433)
  3. Evanston Civic Center (6,366)
  4. Northbrook Village Hall (6,172)
  5. Oak Park Village Hall (5,515)
  6. Schaumburg – Trickster Art Gallery (5,136)
  7. Skokie Village Hall (4,892)
  8. Palatine Village Hall (4,749)
  9. Glenview Village Hall (4,610)
  10. Wilmette – Centennial Ice Rink (4,392)

Early Voting Participation by Age & Gender

The vast majority – 73.6 percent -- of early voters in the first week have been older than 50. Voters older than 60 have made up 52.8 percent of early voters. Just 6.2 percent of early voters have been between 17 and 29 years old.

Women have made up 56.8 percent of all suburban Cook County early voters in the first week.

All Early Voting sites also offer Grace Period registration and voting. So far, there have been 4,036 Grace Period voters. The Grace Period allows Cook County residents to register and vote on the same day. Individuals looking to participate simply need two pieces of identification, one of which shows the voter’s current address. No photo ID is necessary to register.

Also Monday, Orr announced that the number of registered voters in suburban Cook County for the Presidential Election is 1,512,190. That’s the highest number of registered voters in suburban Cook County going back to at least 1990, which is as far back as the Clerk’s office records of the registered voters total go.

The Clerk’s 52 Early Voting locations are open until 7 p.m. this week, with most open until 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. on the weekend before Election Day.

Pre-Election Day voting in all its forms is proving to be overwhelmingly popular this election.

2016 Presidential Election pre-Election Day Voting*

Early Voting


Mail Voting (Ballots Received)


Grace Period


*Through Sunday, October 30, 2016

Orr expects more than 100,000 mail ballots to be cast in this election, which would shatter the mark set in the 2012 Presidential Election and double the number from the 2014 Gubernatorial Election.

As of Monday morning, 28 percent of the 107,552 suburban Cook County voters who have so far applied for mail ballots – 30,770 – have returned those ballots to the Clerk’s office.

In the 2012 Presidential Election, 36,754 mail ballots were cast. In the 2014 Gubernatorial Election, 51,237 mail ballots were cast.

Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a mail ballot using the online application at The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is November 3 and Orr urges anyone who is still considering voting by mail to apply online for their ballot today, to avoid any mail delivery delays. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day, November 8, and received at the Clerk’s office within 14 days of Election Day.

Early Voting ends on Monday, Nov. 7. Suburban Cook County voters can find a map and list of the Early Voting locations and their hours at

First Week of Presidential Election Early Voting - Suburban Cook County