Clerk Orr gives Election Day tips, trends

Date: 
November 7, 2016
Press Release
Elections

All forms of pre-Election Day voting shatter records

Click here to download the Election Day press packet.

More than 1.5 million suburban Cook County residents – a record number for a presidential election – are registered to vote in tomorrow‘s Presidential General Election, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

“A true winner this election season is Early Voting,” Orr said. “About 26% of Cook County’s 1.5 million registered voters have already voted. That’s a historic way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Early Voting in Illinois.”

 

2008
Total

2012
Total

2016 Total (unofficial)

% Increase
2012-2016

Registered Voters

1,436,811

1,416,881

1,512,190

6.7%

Early Voting

226,084

228,695

315,875*

38.1%

Grace Period Voting

4,197

8,212

10,990*

33.8%

Mail Voting Returned/Applications

27,727/33,076

36,754/43,129

69,270/113,375**

88.5%

Total Pre-Election Ballots

258,008

273,661

396,135

44.8%

Total Ballots Cast

1,056,242

1,001,693

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% Pre-Election Ballots

24.4%

27.3%

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Overall Turnout

73.5%

70.7%

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*As of 11/6/16 at 3 p.m. Grace period and Early Voting continue on 11/7.
**As of 11/6/16. Mail ballots postmarked by 11/8 can be received until 11/22.

An election information notice was mailed to all registered voters last month. Voters are not required to show their voter ID card before voting, but it does list useful information including the voter’s precinct, polling location and voting districts. Voters can also check their registration status, precinct, polling place and sample ballot at the Clerk’s website, cookcountyclerk.com/VoterInfo, or via the Clerk’s mobile site, m.cookcountyclerk.com.

Here are some standout statistics about tomorrow’s election:

  • 1,512,190 registered voters in suburban Cook County (1,416,881 in the 2012 Presidential Election)
  • 175 candidates in 117 contests, 65% of which are uncontested
  • 8,600 election judges, working in 1,031 polling places
  • 315,875 ballots cast during in-person early voting through Sunday, comparable to 228,695 total early votes
    in 2012
  • The vast majority – about 65.2 percent -- of early voters have been older than 50; Voters older than 60 have made up 43.6 percent of early voters
  • Women have made up about 57.6 percent of all suburban Cook County early voters
  • The five busiest early voting locations through Sunday were: Orland Township (14,280); Evanston Civic Center (14,082); Arlington Heights Village Hall (13,569); Oak Park Village Hall (12,016); Northbrook Village Hall (11,969).
  • Recent Presidential turnout in suburban Cook County:
    • 2012: 70.7%
    • 2008: 73.5%
    • 2004: 74.3%

ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION
This is the first Presidential General Election to offer Election Day Registration. Voters who are not registered to vote can register and vote at their home precinct only, on Election Day. Any voter who is not registered and needs to know where to go to register and vote on Election Day can just go to cookcountyclerk.com/VoterInfo to search by address for their polling place. They need to go to their home precinct to register and vote on Election Day if they are not already registered.

Voters planning on registering to vote or updating their voter information on Election Day must bring two forms of ID, one with current address. No photo ID is necessary.

ELECTION RESULTS
Election results for suburban Cook County, not including Chicago, will be available at: cookcountyclerk.com.

After polls close on Election Night, the Cook County Clerk’s office tabulates and displays unofficial vote totals that include: all early votes; all mail ballots received by Election Day; and all ballots cast in the precincts on Election Day. Precinct- and township-level results are not available on Election Night.

The Clerk’s office will tabulate all mail ballots received within two weeks of Election Day if they are postmarked by November 8 and all provisional ballots that are verified. By statute, Illinois election authorities have up to three weeks to certify election results.

ELECTION DATA
Election data including voter registration statistics, turnout history, and Post-Election Reports from previous elections to 2008 are available at the Clerk’s website. Maps which show where voters cast their ballots throughout Cook County, as well as other election data from the past four elections, can be found in the Map Room section of the Clerk’s website.

OVERLAPPING DISTRICTS
Many district boundaries overlap with another election jurisdiction. In those situations, election night vote totals must be combined from different websites. A handy overlapping district chart is included in the press packet to help guide your coverage.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS AND GUIDELINES
Members of the media do not need a paper credential provided by the Clerk's office to visit, film or photograph suburban Cook County precincts. However, election judges will require news reporters, photographers and TV crews to show a government-issued or company identification card. Please remember interviews cannot be conducted inside the polling place.

PHONE NUMBERS

Media inquiries – Nick Shields

312.603.6952
312.802.4639

Media inquiries – James Scalzitti

312.603.0991
312.835.0817

Voter help line – English

312.603.0906

Voter help line – Spanish

312.603.6767

Voter help line – Hindi

312.603.6743

Voter help line – Chinese

312.603.6769

Voter help line – Polish

312.603.6770

Help line for voters with disabilities

312.603.0929

TDD (for voters with hearing disabilities)

312.603.0902

Legal hotline

312.603.0236

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