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Republican Turnout Up, Democratic Down In Early Voting

Republican turnout was up 44 percent, and Democratic was down 45 percent as Early Voting ended last week in suburban Cook County.

Submitted by Cook County Clerk's Office

Republicans in suburban Cook County cast 44 percent more Early Voting ballots for Tuesday's Presidential Primary than during Early Voting in 2008, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Friday.

Nearly 4,400 more Republicans participated during this Early Voting period, which ended Thursday, than did four years ago. GOP voters represented 38.6 percent of all early voting ballots cast, up from 19.4 percent in 2008.

Orr attributed the shift to two factors. "We have an uncontested Democratic presidential race in Illinois, so Democrats are not as motivated to participate," Orr said. "Meanwhile Republican voters are pleasantly surprised to have a say in the GOP presidential contest."

In the last presidential primary, only Barrington Township voted a majority Republican. During this Early Voting period, 11 of 30 suburban townships had more Republicans than Democrats casting ballots. They are: Barrington (78% Republican), Lemont (71%), Palatine (69%), Wheeling (61%), Orland (59%), Palos (58%), Leyden (58%), Elk Grove (57%), Maine (56%), Hanover (52%) and New Trier (50.1%). 

Democratic Early Voting participation dropped 45 percent when compared with the last presidential election.

EARLY VOTING TOTALS BY YEAR & PARTY 

2008 Presidential Primary

2010 Gubernatorial Primary

 2012 Presidential Primary

DEM

REP

TOTAL

DEM

REP

TOTAL

DEM

REP

TOTAL

40,920

9,906

51,067

23,663

10,930

34,829

22,374

14,278

36,990

80.1%

19.4%

 

67.9%

31.4%

 

60.5%

38.6%

 

Note: Totals also include nonpartisan ballots.

Early Voting peaked in the final four days; 14,432 votes or 39 percent of the 36,990 ballots were cast between Monday and Thursday.

While Early Voting participation was higher than the 2010 Gubernatorial Primary Election, turnout dipped from the 2008 Presidential Primary when more than 51,000 suburban voters cast early votes.

Early Voting Participation by Location

The three busiest Early Voting sites were: Orland Park (2,477); Northbrook (1,972); and Matteson (1,925).

A daily breakdown of Early Voting turnout by site is available at cookcountyclerk.com.

A map illustrating Early Voting by Voters' Home Precincts is also online.

Early Voting Participation by Age & Gender

The vast majority - 71 percent - of early voters were older than 55. Only 7 percent of early voters were ages 18 to 34.

Women made up 54 percent of all early voters.

 

 

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