The April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election was record-setting with a 75.3 percent increase in voting before Election Day compared to 2013 and more registered voters than ever in suburban Cook County, according to the 2017 Consolidated Election Post-Election Report, released Wednesday by the office of Cook County Clerk David Orr.
“Suburban Cook County voters have shown a preference for voting before Election Day for some time now,” Cook County Clerk David Orr said. “Early, Mail and Grace Period voting numbers have increased in every election since their respective implementation.”
Also, according to the Post-Election Report, suburban Cook saw the highest number of registered voters prior to Election Day – 1,534,858 – in addition to registrations on April 4, thanks to Election Day Registration (EDR).
“People have shown that they want to take part in the electoral process,” Orr said. “If they have the tools, the information, and the access to the vote, they will take full advantage of the opportunity to register and vote.”
Additionally, this was 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
RFO Starter Kit users – who ran in 129 contests – prevented 43 races from going uncontested and 26 from not having any candidates for voters to choose from.
The Post-Election Report provides an in-depth look at the results of the 1,031 contests, plus an analysis of turnout and votes from the precinct to township level.
Some highlights from the report include:
- Roughly 33 percent of all races in the Consolidated Election were contested. In the 36 races where incumbents were opposed, the incumbent won 68 percent of the time.
- Nearly a dozen races in this year’s Consolidated Election were decided by fewer than 10 votes.
- Suburban Cook County voters returned nearly 90 percent of their requested mail ballots.
- Women outnumber men by about 9 percent among total registered voters.
- The highest number of recently registered voters continues to be those between 18-24 (28.5 percent). More than half of new registrations in 2017 came from residents between 18 and 35 years old.