Highest-Ever Number Of Registered Voters For Presidential Primary In Suburban Cook

Cook County, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A record number of suburban Cook County residents are registered to vote in next Tuesday’s Presidential Primary Election, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

The 1,443,261 registered voters in suburban Cook County are the most ever registered to vote for a Presidential election, primary or general, Orr said.

The Clerk’s office has conducted a number of voter registration drives this election season. Over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, for instance, Orr and his office joined faith communities and civic groups to hold voter registration and deputy registrar training sessions, so community members had the tools to register others.

Eligible Cook County residents can register to vote at an Early Voting site throughMonday, March 14, which is the last day for early voting. Through Saturday, 39 early voting sites will be open. On Sunday and Monday, 14 sites will be open. For a complete list of early voting locations and hours, voters can go to  cookcountyclerk.com/earlyvoting.

Those not registered by Election Day, Tuesday, March 15,must register at their home precinct. Details on how to register to vote up to and including election day, including what you need to bring with you to the voting site, can be found on the Clerk’s website,cookcountyclerk.com/register.

Since the beginning of the current school year, Orr’s staff have held voter registration events at nearly 40 suburban high schools, where they have helped about 3,400 students to register to vote.

For the first time in a presidential election, 17-year-olds may vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 by the date of the November General Election. From Sept. 1, 2015 to Feb. 16, 2016 (the end of regular voter registration for the primary), 5,775 suburban Cook County 17-year-olds, either at registration events at their schools or on their own, have registered to vote. More 17-year-old females – 3,234 – than males – 2,541 – have registered to vote for the primary.

To search registration statistics by precinct or district, please use our online registration search tool

Registered Voters in Cook County:

Election Registered
Voters
Ballots
Cast
Percent
Turnout
2016 Presidential Primary 1,443,261 tbd tbd
2014 Gubernatorial General 1,398,724 696,403 49.8%
2014 Gubernatorial Primary 1,451,593 232,088 16.0%
2012 Presidential General 1,416,811 1,001,693 70.7%
2012 Presidential Primary 1,394,649 329,537 23.6%
2010 Gubernatorial Primary 1,439,415 367,688 25.5%
2010 Gubernatorial General 1,370,186 719,090 52.5%
2008 Presidential Primary 1,350,580 585,449 43.3%
2008 Presidential General 1,436,210 1,056,242 73.5%
2006 Gubernatorial Primary 1,383,846 345,970 25.0%
2006 Gubernatorial General 1,370,230 680,696 49.7%
2004 Presidential Primary 1,295,632 406,115 31.3%
2004 Presidential General 1,378,159 1,024,867 74.3%
2002 Gubernatorial Primary 1,313,943 438,844 33.4%
2002 Gubernatorial General 1,365,947 697,872 51.1%
2000 Presidential Primary 1,219,409 282,041 23.1%
2000 Presidential General 1,308,940 954,769 72.9%
1998 Gubernatorial Primary 1,348,524 322,970 23.9%
1998 Gubernatorial General 1,262,137 680,917 53.9%
1996 Presidential Primary 1,216,588 309,772 25.5%
1996 Presidential General 1,328,808 872,447 65.7%
1994 Gubernatorial Primary 1,270,171 355,620 28.0%
1994 Gubernatorial General 1,272,630 632,598 49.7%
1992 Presidential Primary 1,185,460 476,517 40.2%
1992 Presidential General 1,399,886 1,062,229 75.9%
1990 Gubernatorial Primary 1,248,996 377,715 30.2%
1990 Gubernatorial General 1,245,107 657,674 52.8%

Source: Cook County Clerk