Leading up to the March 19 primary election, the number of registered voters in suburban Cook County has surpassed 1.3 million, Cook County Clerk David Orr said today.
As of the February 19 registration deadline, 1,312,333 suburban Cook County residents have registered to vote in the primary election, compared with 1,315,950 in November 2000 (see attached Suburban Registration Comparison).
"A minor decline in voter registration is common after the November general election during presidential years, which is historically when registration peaks," said Orr, noting that a canvass conducted by the Clerk’s office last fall purged approximately 80,000 unqualified voters from the county rolls.
Orr credits the motor voter law with making it easier and more convenient to register. In fact, during the past year, more than 90 percent of all newly registered voters in suburban Cook County signed up or re-registered at driver’s license and state facilities or by submitting mail-in forms.
"The motor voter law has definitely played a significant role in the democratic process," Orr said.