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Tomorrow marks end of Early Voting, deadline to apply for mail ballot

Cook County Clerk David Orr reminds voters tomorrow is the last chance to participate in Early Voting before Tuesday’s Presidential Primary.

“If you are at all concerned that you won’t make it to your polling place on Tuesday, visit an Early Voting site before 5 p.m. tomorrow,” Orr said.

Tomorrow is also the deadline for the Clerk’s office to receive mail ballot applications, Orr said. Voters do not need an excuse to early vote or vote by mail.

More than 12,697 suburban Cook County voters have requested mail ballots. Although not all voters will return a voted ballot, mail voting is on track to exceed the 8,835 mail ballots cast in the 2008 Presidential Primary Election.

Early Voting turnout is expected to surpass turnout from the 2010 primary, if tradition holds and the final two days are the busiest.

Tuesday marked the busiest day yet for Early Voting, with 3,283 suburban Cook County voters casting ballots. Of those, 1,951 selected Democratic ballots, 1,303 chose Republican ballots and 29 voters picked nonpartisan ballots.

Since the Feb. 27 start of Early Voting, 28,537 suburban Cook County voters have participated in Early Voting. Republican voters represent 38.6 percent of ballots cast through Tuesday, up from 31.4% in 2010 and 19.4% in 2008.

 

EARLY VOTING TOTALS BY YEAR

2008 Presidential Primary

2010 Gubernatorial Primary

2012 Presidential Primary*

DEM

REP

ALL

DEM

REP

ALL

DEM

REP

ALL

40,920

9,906

51,067

23,663

10,930

34,829

17,249

11,009

28,537

80.1%

19.4%

67.9%

31.4%

60.4%

38.6%

Note: Totals also include nonpartisan ballots.

*Totals through Tuesday, March 13.

 

Of 43 Early Voting sites for suburban Cook County voters, Orland Park is the busiest with 1,946 voters casting ballots through Tuesday. Northbrook (1,542) and Matteson (1,463) rank second and third.

For Early Voting locations, Early Voting total turnout, Vote by Mail applications and more, visit cookcountyclerk.com.

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