Cook County Early Voting Surpasses 150,000 Monday

8 of 44 sites have served more than 5K voters, 2,636 in Park Forest

Cook County , IL–(ENEWSPF)– Cook County’s Early Voting turnout  exceeded 150,000 by Monday night, tripling the record of 50,655 set during the primary, Clerk David Orr announced. As of 7:13 p.m., the County Clerk’s web site reports 153,340 people have voted early.

"The response to Early Voting is monumental," Orr said. "Voters are willing to wait at busy sites to cast their ballots. It’s inspiring to see so many people determined to participate in this election."

More than 140,000 early voters have cast ballots in suburban Cook County since the Oct. 13 start of Early Voting. The daily average last week (Monday through Saturday) was 13,200.

The busiest day was Saturday, Oct. 25, when 16,706 voters cast ballots and Orland Park set a new single-day site record of 1,053 voters.

Eight of the 44 suburban sites have served more than 5,000 voters each. The busiest sites are: Orland Park (8,533); Wheeling (7,426); Matteson (7,005); South Holland (6,635) and Evanston (5,901).

Even if there are lines, Early Voting is a convenient option for voters who will be busy on Election Day. Early Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 30. Registered voters in suburban Cook can vote at any of the suburban Early Voting sites.

As of October 27, 2008 at 7:13 p.m., 2,636 people have voted at Park Forest Village Hall.

Early voters must bring a government-issued photo ID. For more election information, visit voterinfonet.com.

Early Voting Turnout
Week 1 (Oct. 13-19) Week 2 (Oct. 20-26)
Oct. 13 7,733 Oct. 20 10,669
Oct. 14 9,189 Oct. 21 12,588
Oct. 15 7,866 Oct. 22 12,375
Oct. 16 8,179 Oct. 23 12,666
Oct. 17 9,016 Oct. 24 14,722
Oct. 18 9,674 Oct. 25 16,706
Oct. 19 1,164* Oct. 26 2,856*

*Note: On Sundays, Oct. 19 and 26, only 9 of 44 sites were open between 9 a.m. and noon.