On Tuesday, 18.8 percent of voters made it out to the polls in suburban Cook County to vote in this year's local election, according to the Cook County Clerk's website.
While the turnout was higher than other area counties, it was an average turnout for a local election in Cook County. Since 2005, turnout in Cook County has ranged from as low as 16.7 percent of voters casting their ballot in 2011 to as high as 27 percent voting in 2005.
Comparably speaking, during last fall's presidential election, 70.7 percent of registered voters made it to the polls in suburban Cook County.
Voter Turnout for Suburban Cook Co. ElectionsDate Votes Total Voters Percent of Voters April 9, 2013 273,371 1,455,446 18.8% April 5, 2011 233,350 1,395,756 16.7% April 7, 2009 304,766 1,463,070 20.8% April 17, 2007 236,050 1,371,803
17.21% April 5, 2005 382,587 1,418,280
Cook County voters reported little to no wait at the polls on Tuesday.
"At 4:30, there were 110 votes cast in District 2. No lines at that point," according to a comment on the Palatine Patch Facebook page.
Voter Turnout in Surrounding Counties
Other counties also reported a low turnout during Tuesday's election.
In Kane County, only 13 percent of voters made it out to the polls, according to unofficial numbers on the Kane County Circuit Clerk website.
Here is how other area counties compared:County Ballots Cast Registered Voters Voter Turnout McHenry County 32,955 204,062 16.15% Kane County 29,338 225,967 12.98% Suburban Cook County 273,371 1,455,446 18.8% Lake County 72,305 410,397 17.62%
The above information was updated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.