IL Primary Election: Chicago turnout low on final early voting day, DuPage Co. sees record numbers

IL Primary Election: Chicago turnout low on final early voting day, DuPage Co. sees record numbers

CHICAGO (TOC) — Tuesday is Election Day in Illinois.

Voters will decide the Republican, who will face Gov. JB Pritzker within the fall.

“Proper now, now we have over 19,000 voters for early voting alone,” mentioned DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek. “DuPage acquired over 35,000 mail functions. That’s six instances the variety of functions we acquired in 2018.”

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It isn’t sometimes an election with excessive voter turnout, however that isn’t the case out in DuPage County, the place they’re already seeing document numbers. To assist make issues simpler, DuPage County has a model new voting system.

“That voting system is a whole on-demand voting system, the place ballots are printed proper there on the polling place, so as a result of now we have this new voting system, voters can vote wherever tomorrow,” Kaczmarek mentioned.

Thus far, voter turnout has been low in Chicago. Nevertheless, the numbers aren’t removed from the 2018 Gubernatorial Election.

“We simply acquired previous 98,000 ballots,” mentioned Max Bever of the Chicago Board of Elections. “We’re nonetheless someplace in between the Gubernatorial Election of 2018 and 2014. We’re a bit bit nearer to 2018, so that’s making us really feel hopeful.”

And that’s the hottest race on the poll. Within the state’s gubernatorial race, Pritzker is the incumbent and Darren Bailey is proving to be a robust contender, selecting up the endorsement from former President Donald Trump over the weekend.

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However the query stays whether or not voters will prove Tuesday.

With the Supreme Court docket announcement overturning Roe v. Wade final Friday, some voters mentioned that inspired them to make their vote depend.

“I am a white man in my 60s, so the choice in all probability has the least impact on me,” mentioned Terry Herdzina, an early voter. “However it upset me so dangerous, so I do know that these individuals which might be most affected by it, I can think about how they really feel.”

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