City, Suburbs Break Early Voting Single-Day Turnout Records

Cook County , IL–(ENEWSPF)– Monday, Chicago and suburban Cook County voters set new single-day Early Voting turnout records and the total number of voters jumped to more than 140,000, according to Clerk David Orr and the Chicago Board of Elections.

Suburban Cook County had 10,665 people cast their ballots as of 5:40 p.m.The previous record was set Saturday, when 9,675 showed up at the polls. Altogether, more than 63,500suburban voters have participated in Early Voting since Oct. 13. Suburban Cook County surpassed its cumulative Early Voting record on Saturday; the previous record of 50,655 was set during the primary.

Chicago had 12,200 ballots cast Monday as of 5:15 p.m. with some voters still casting ballots at various sites, Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen said. The previous record was 11,971 on the last day of February’s Early Voting period. Altogether,Chicago has more than 76,500 ballots cast in the first eight days, and on Oct. 21, the city will surpass its 18-day cumulative Early Voting record (81,690).

Early Voting in Illinois continues through Oct. 30.It takes place seven days a week and, unlike absentee voting, requires no excuse from voters. Early voters are required to bring government-issued photo ID with them when voting early, and all Early Voting is done on touch screen voting equipment.

Reminder: Grace Period Registration Ends Tomorrow

Grace period registration ends tomorrow. Suburban voters can register and vote in person from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clerk’s downtown Chicago office (69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor) or at one of the Clerk’s five suburban mini-centers:

  • North suburbs: Skokie Courthouse, 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Room 149;
  • NW suburbs: Rolling Meadows Courthouse, 2121 Euclid Ave., Room 238;
  • West suburbs: Whitcomb Building (near Maywood Courthouse), 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 109, Maywood;
  • South suburbs: Markham Courthouse, 16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Room 238;
  • SW suburbs: Bridgeview Courthouse, 10220 S. 76th Ave., Room 238.

Grace period hours for Chicago residents ONLY will be extended to 10 p.m. on Oct. 21 at 69 W. Washington, Sixth Floor.

For more information, suburban voters should visit voterinfonet.com and Chicago voters should visit chicagoelections.com.