Illinois primary 2022: Why was voter turnout so low?

Illinois primary 2022: Why was voter turnout so low?

CHICAGO (TOC) — Whether or not it was voting within the metropolis or suburbs, turnout for the Illinois major was low. Whereas anticipated in a non-presidential yr major, election officers mentioned the numbers nonetheless might have been significantly better.

“I believe it’s robust with voters, who know primaries are typically in March, that this one was in the course of summer time, there are numerous voters which have their minds of summer time holidays children out college,” mentioned Max Bever, Chicago Board of Elections spokesperson.

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Chicago turnout was simply over 20%. Suburban Cook dinner County roughly the identical. With out a contested Democratic gubernatorial race, the numbers didn’t come as an enormous shock to county election officers. Nevertheless, how voters forged their ballots was stunning.

Predictions of upper early voting and mail ballots proved to not be the case.

“I believe the Roe v. Wade problem and contested congressional races introduced out larger turnout on Election Day than we anticipated,” mentioned Edmond Michalowski, Cook dinner County Deputy Clerk of Elections.

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Whereas accessibly to voting has elevated, total, turnout was decrease than two years in the past and low numbers have ramifications

“Particularly in Cook dinner County, the place a major signifies a winner as a result of Democrats reign, folks do not have a second probability however to vote,” mentioned ABC7 political analyst Laura Washington.

DuPage County had the biggest turnout within the Chicago space, barely larger than Cook dinner and Chicago with quantity simply over 22%. DuPage Election officers credited, partly, a brand new program known as Vote Wherever on Election Day

“We now have a brand new poll system the place the poll is printed proper on demand and so a voter can go to any polling place out their identify and deal with and get a freshly printed poll,” mentioned DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek.

Persevering with to make voting simpler and outreach is the plan as election officers flip to November.

Within the meantime, Chicago and Cook dinner County elections officers are hopeful state lawmakers legislature will push the subsequent major again to its authentic time within the late winter or early spring.

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