Today's Voter Turnout: Low, But Typical

Jim Gudas
March 20, 2018 - 4:24 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Today’s preliminary voter-turnout percentages for the Chicago area range from the high teens to the low 20s – low, but typical for a non-presidential primary.

Here are some snapshots across the region:

--In the city of Chicago, Board of Election Commissioners Chairman Marisel Hernandez says turnout among Millennials is particularly low, at about 3 percent.

--In Lake County, the clerk says her visits to polling places suggests increasing numbers of younger voters compared to past non-presidential primaries.

--In Kane County, the clerk says the governors and attorney general races are fueling increased turnout, especially among early voters.

--In DuPage County, a judge has ordered the polling place at Elizabeth Ide School in Darien to remain open for an extra hour.

--In suburban Cook County, several dozen election judges failed to show up as scheduled. While that's not expected to affect the vote, it could mean fewer breaks for some judges.

Otherwise, few problems are reported at polling places.