Turnout up, may double '06 Early Voting total

October 26, 2006
Press Release

20 sites with 1,000+ voters

Participation is picking up in the final days of Early Voting, with 7,506 suburban voters casting ballots on Monday to mark the greatest single day turnout so far this voting period, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Tuesday.

More than 55,000 suburban Cook County voters have voted since Early Voting began Oct. 11.

"We anticipate at least doubling the 33,000 Early Voting ballots cast in the 2006 gubernatorial election," Orr said. "Twenty of our 43 locations have served 1,000 voters or more and the busiest days may still be ahead."

The Orland Park Village Hall (3,981), Wheeling Township Hall (3,681) Northbrook Village Hall (3,034) and Centennial Park in Wilmette (2,458) are the busiest sites after two weeks.

A cumulative tally of early voters by location is available online.

Early Voting continues until Thursday, Oct. 28. All sites are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please visit cookcountyclerk.com for a full list of Early Voting sites and hours of operation. A downloadable pdf map of Early Voting sites is also available. Chicago voters must vote at an Early Voting location in Chicago.

State law requires early voters to display valid identification to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include: a current driver's license, state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph.

Illinois first adopted Early Voting for the 2006 primary election. A history of suburban Cook County Early Voting turnout is below:

  • March 2006 Primary: 15,609 of 345,970 ballots (4.49% of total turnout)
  • November 2006 General Election : 32,903 of 680,696 (4.85% of total turnout)
  • February 2008 Primary: 51,116 of 585,449 (8.73% of total turnout)
  • November 2008 General Election: 226,084 of 1,056,242 (21.4% of total turnout)
  • February 2010 Primary: 34,839 of 367,688 (9.7% of total turnout)

Voters in the general election will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, U.S. senator, representatives in Congress, state senators, and representatives in the General Assembly. Certain county offices -- including county board president and commissioners -- will also be elected.

REMINDER: Members of the media do not need special credentials from the Clerk's office to visit a suburban Cook County Early Voting site. Please bring identification from your news outlet and present it to the election judges.