Board Of Elections Sees Trend In Early Voters

Nancy Harty
March 19, 2018 - 7:59 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As Chicago election officials prepare for Tuesday's elections, there is a major trend in who is coming out to vote early.

Of the roughly 86,000 early voters in the city of Chicago, 81 percent of them are above the age of 45, according to the Chicago Board of Elections.

Spokesman Jim Allen said those 65-years old and up make up the largest block at 42 percent.

For the 2016 Presidential Race, he said younger voters waited until Election Day to come out in droves.

It's still not clear if the early numbers this time indicate an increase in turnout or just a reallocation of when people vote.

"What remains to be seen is how much of this reflects how many competitive, high profile offices we have on the ballot that are drawing more voters, or is it just that these are a lot of voters who would have voted anyway on Election Day," Allen said. 

The Cook County clerk's office is seeing similar turnout ahead of Tuesday's primary.

It said 86,000 people from suburban Cook have voted early at 53 different locations.

Both offices expect to hit 100,000 voters by the end of Monday, when early voting ends.