Record-setting opening day of Early Voting in Cook County

March 2, 2016
Press Release

Total of 6,937 votes cast surpasses all previous Primary Elections

More than 11,000 suburban Cook County voters have cast their ballots for the March 15 Presidential Primary in the first two days of early voting, including a record-setting number who took part in the first day of early voting on Monday, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

Early voting opened at 9 a.m. Monday, and by the time the last of Cook County’s 44 voting sites had closed for the day, 6,937 voters had made their choices in the March 15 Presidential Primary. At the end of two days of early voting, 11,468 ballots had been cast.

“Since early voting first went into effect in Illinois in 2006, we have seen its popularity steadily increase,” Orr said. “This election we have races from president to countywide offices that are generating a lot of interest, and voters appreciate the convenience of being able to vote before Election Day, on their own schedules.”

The Clerk’s online, real-time reporting of early voting ballots cast began updating Monday morning.

In a change from previous elections, all early voting sites also offer grace period registration and voting. 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.

Mail voting, another way to cast a ballot in suburban Cook, has also surpassed previous milestones.  More than 80 percent of the 23,000 requested mail voting applications have been through the Clerk’s website—a 15 percent increase from the previous election.

Orr also noted that more 1.4 million official election notices from his office have been mailed to registered voters throughout suburban Cook County.

Each notice contains tailored information for that voter, including: the offices up for election on their ballot; their polling place on March 15; the nearest early voting site; and details about the three ways to vote – by mail, during early voting and on election day.

For a complete list of early voting locations and hours, please visit