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Election 2008
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by Matthew Blake
Thu Mar 22, 2012

Voter Turnout Low In Chicago, But Worse Downstate

Our election coverage revealed alarmingly low voter turnout, even at precincts with tight races for state legislature. Early reports confirmed these precinct observations – “Record low voter turnout in Chicago,” declared a Washington Post headline Tuesday night.

But, according to statistics from the Chicago Board of Elections and Cook County Clerk, voter turnout was where one would expect in a primary that lacked a competitive Democratic presidential, gubernatorial, or U.S. Senate contest. If anything, turnout was a bit more discouraging downstate where, percentage wise, more voters partook in a competitive Republican presidential primary.