Clerk Orr highlights upcoming Post-Election Report

Date: 
April 26, 2017
Elections

Cook County Clerk David Orr highlighted facts, figures and trends from the now certified April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election. The election featured close races resulting in victorious write-in candidates, a record-setting early voter turnout and a robust voter showing in areas where races were contested.

 

Consolidated Election Turnout

By Election Day, there were more registered voters – 1,534,858 – than ever in suburban Cook County, and once again, Early Voting remained wildly popular this election season. The Early Voting turnout was up nearly 80 percent from 2015 and nearly 60 percent from four years ago. In total, 64,585 voters took advantage of Early Voting for the April 2017 election. 

Additionally, Suburban Cook County voters returned slightly more than 86% of their requested mail ballots (15,837 of the 18,303). 

Top municipalities as far as the percentage of registered voters who voted by mail included:

  • Schiller Park - 7.5%
  • Chicago Ridge - 3.5%
  • Franklin Park - 3.5%
  • Bedford Park - 3.3%
  • Evanston - 3.1%

While overall turnout was similar to previous consolidated elections, (17.8%), it is important to note that this figure includes contested and uncontested races. Slightly more than 67 percent of the consolidated election races were uncontested. The turnout rate in areas with uncontested races is typically lower than in locations with contested races.

As such, the Clerk’s office saw a much higher turnout in areas where executive level races were contested. In the 49 municipalities with contested mayoral or village president races, turnout averaged slightly more than 27 percent. A complete Suburban Cook County turnout list can be found at the bottom of this release.  

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s Running for Office Starter Kit

This was also the first election candidates could use the Clerk’s new Running for Office Starter Kit (RFO), an online tool that assists candidates with finding and filling out the appropriate paperwork in order to run for office. Within minutes the RFO displays all available contests and relevant information while generating a candidate packet complete with the Statement of Candidacy, Loyalty Oath and Petition for Nomination forms prepopulated with the user’s information – saving time, money and costly mistakes that can bump prospective candidates off the ballot. A link to the online tool can be found here.

The RFO candidates – who ran in 129 contests – made an impact on Election Day, preventing 43 races from going uncontested and 27 from not having any candidates for voters to choose from.

Since the RFO was launched last fall, 376 prospective candidates used the online tool to generate their candidate packets for the April 4 Consolidated Election. Of the original 376 potential candidates to generate a candidate packet, 248 filed their paperwork and made it on the ballot – accounting for nearly 10 percent of all candidates (2,542).

Close Races

Nearly a dozen races were decided by fewer than 10 votes. Some of the closest ones included:

  • Trustee, Village of Barrington Hills, where in a ‘Vote for 3’ contest the candidate in third place, Robert M. Zubak, won by three votes (494) votes, while the candidate in fourth place, Matthew Vondra, had 491 votes.
  • Trustee, Village of Burnham, where in another ‘Vote for 3’ contest, the 3rd place candidate, Denise C. Bonner, and the 4th place candidate, Paris Ellison, were separated by three votes (376 to 373).
  • School Board, West Northfield 31, where in a ‘Vote for 4’ contest the candidate in fourth place, Jeffrey Steres, won with 265 votes, while the candidate in fifth place, Peter Stamatis, had 261 votes.

A losing candidate whose vote is equal to at least 95% of a winning candidate has the right to a discovery recount. A discovery recount cannot change the results of an election but rather provides an opportunity to gather information about an election. In a discovery recount, a losing candidate petitions the Cook County Clerk’s office to examine the ballots in up to 25% of the precincts within the relevant jurisdiction. An eligible candidate must file the petition for discovery recount with the Cook County Clerk’s office within five days after the last day for the proclamation of the election results.

Multi-county districts require independent filings in each jurisdiction and are limited to 25 percent of the precincts in the relevant district in each jurisdiction. This election, the deadline for filing petitions for discovery recounts with the County Clerk’s office is May 1, 2017.

These election highlights and more will be further detailed in the upcoming 2017 Consolidated Election Post-Election Report.

For more information regarding the 2017 Suburban Cook County Consolidated General Election visit cookcountyclerk.com.

Suburban Cook County Turnout Rates

Bedford Park

52.30%

McCook

50.00%

Willow Springs*

46.00%

Ford Heights*

43.90%

Schiller Park*

41.40%

Stone Park*

40.50%

Stickney*

39.30%

North Riverside*

38.50%

Hodgkins

38.30%

Evanston*

36.90%

Norridge*

36.30%

Rosemont

36.30%

Olympia Fields*

36.00%

Flossmoor*

34.90%

Oak Park

33.20%

Phoenix

33.00%

**Barrington Hills*

31.60%

Brookfield*

31.00%

**Orland Park*

30.80%

**Barrington*

30.40%

Worth*

30.30%

Broadview*

30.00%

Park Ridge*

29.40%

Dixmoor*

29.20%

River Grove*

29.00%

Chicago Ridge*

28.60%

**Steger*

27.30%

Forest View

27.10%

Thornton

27.10%

Wilmette

27.00%

Burnham*

26.70%

**Lemont*

26.50%

Robbins*

26.30%

**Hinsdale*

26.00%

Franklin Park*

25.50%

Oak Lawn*

25.50%

Glenwood*

25.40%

**Deer Park

25.00%

Matteson*

24.80%

Lyons

24.60%

Posen*

24.30%

**Tinley Park*

23.70%

Hazel Crest*

23.30%

Lincolnwood*

23.30%

Midlothian*

22.50%

Markham*

21.70%

Homewood

21.60%

Blue Island*

21.10%

Alsip*

21.00%

Des Plaines*

21.00%

Glencoe

21.00%

Melrose Park

20.90%

River Forest

20.90%

South Holland*

20.90%

Morton Grove*

20.30%

Westchester

19.60%

Hometown

19.50%

Maywood*

19.40%

Bellwood

18.80%

Calumet City*

18.70%

Sauk Village*

18.50%

Lansing*

18.30%

Riverdale*

18.20%

Rolling Meadows*

17.90%

Palatine

17.00%

Niles*

16.60%

Winnetka

16.60%

Palos Heights

15.70%

La Grange

15.00%

Lynwood

14.90%

**Roselle*

14.40%

Palos Hills

14.30%

Kenilworth

14.10%

East Hazel Crest

13.80%

Northbrook

13.60%

Inverness

13.40%

Riverside

13.20%

Cicero

13.10%

Wheeling*

12.70%

Calumet Park

12.20%

Crestwood

12.10%

Glenview

12.10%

**Park Forest

12.00%

La Grange Park

11.80%

Arlington Heights

11.60%

Hoffman Estates

11.60%

Berwyn

11.50%

Elmwood Park

11.40%

Schaumburg

11.30%

Burbank

11.20%

Harwood Heights

11.10%

Berkeley

10.70%

Oak Forest

10.70%

**Bartlett

10.30%

Merrionette Park

10.10%

**Elgin

10.00%

Mount Prospect

9.80%

Elk Grove Village

9.60%

Hillside

9.40%

Orland Hills

9.30%

**Burr Ridge

9.00%

Richton Park

8.70%

Western Springs

8.60%

Indian Head Park

8.50%

Skokie

8.50%

South Chicago Heights

8.50%

Justice

8.40%

Evergreen Park

8.30%

Golf

8.20%

Northfield

7.50%

South Barrington

7.20%

Streamwood

7.20%

Dolton

7.10%

Summit

6.60%

**Hanover Park

6.50%

Northlake

6.20%

**Buffalo Grove

4.70%

**University Park

4.40%

**Deerfield

2.70%

*Contested race for Mayor or Village President
** Multi-county location

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