Week 1: 97,000+ Suburban Cook County Early Voters

Tia, Jacob, Faith Nichols and Adellar Laye vote early
Tia, Jacob and Faith Nichols of Sauk Village and Adellar Laye of Park Forest showed up shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Park Forest Village Hall to be first in line for early voting. The lines were steady all day long. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Cook County, IL-(ENEWSPF)- More than 97,000 suburban Cook County voters participated during the first week of Early Voting, Clerk David Orr announced Monday.

1,999 voted at Park Forest Village Hall, according to the clerk’s office.

"If voters keep turning out in such large numbers, we may reach the Early Voting record set in 2008," Orr said.

Turnout is up 84 percent when compared with the first week of Early Voting in 2008, and up 18 percent over the second week in 2008.

However, comparing against 2008 is tricky because the Early Voting period is different. Early Voting began a week later this year and extends two days longer to the Friday and Saturday before the election.

When looking at total ballots cast up until nine days before the Election, there were 135,083 in 2008 and 97,129 during the current Early Voting period.

But single-day turnout figures hit 17,000 much sooner this year – Day 5 versus Day 15 – and two sites (Arlington Heights, Orland) already served 5,000 or more voters.

Monday, more than 13,000 voters participated by 2 p.m., pushing the total number of early voters over 110,000.

"All signs point toward heavy turnout through Saturday," Orr said.

Suburban Cook County voters can vote at any of the Clerk’s 44 Early Voting sites from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 3.

A daily breakdown of Early Voting turnout by site is available at cookcountyclerk.com. Voters can visit the website or review the list below to see which locations are the busiest.

State law requires early voters to display a government-issued photo ID to an election official before voting early. Some valid forms of photo ID include: a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, passport, or student ID.

Early Voting totals shown below are from October 22-28.

Early Voting Location

Total

Arlington Heights Village Hall

6,059

Orland Township

5,822

Matteson Village Hall

4,569

Evanston Civic Center

4,283

Schaumburg Public Library

3,949

Faith Family Future Center

3,942

Oak Park Village Hall

3,519

Northbrook Village Hall

3,514

Palatine Village Hall

3,373

Community Recreation Center

3,230

Calumet City Library

3,163

Oak Lawn Village Hall

3,066

Glenview Village Hall

2,967

Hodgkins Village Hall

2,883

Skokie Village Hall

2,802

Des Plaines City Hall

2,451

Chicago Heights City Hall

2,238

69 W. Washington Pedway

2,237

Park Ridge City Hall

2,225

Oak Forest City Hall

2,220

Palos Heights Administration Building

2,122

Streamwood Village Hall

2,032

Bellwood Village Hall

1,999

Park Forest Village Hall

1,999

Hoffman Estates Village Hall

1,870

Calumet Twp Community Center

1,636

Elk Grove Village Hall

1,634

Melrose Park Village Hall

1,561

Lemont Library District

1,478

Niles Village Hall

1,433

Alsip Village Hall

1,409

Markham Courthouse Rm. 238

1,331

Berwyn City Hall

1,216

Barrington Township Hall

1,049

Elmwood Park Village Hall

1,009

Norridge Village Hall

868

Stickney-Forest View Library

739

Skokie Courthouse Rm. 149

568

Whitcomb Building Rm. 104

554

Cicero Community Center

545

Bridgeview Courthouse Rm. 238

509

Rolling Meadows Courthouse Rm. 238

401

Cicero PSO Building

356

69 W. Washington 5th Floor                  

171      

Total

97,129