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Light Voter Turnout; Suburban Cook County Yields 23.5 Percent

Township- and precinct-level election results are now available online.

Unofficial township- and precinct-level results for the March 20, 2012 Presidential Primary Election in suburban Cook County can now be viewed online at cookcountyclerk.com.
 
Select "view" from the Online Results column. Please note the download feature now allows you to get a Excel document with precinct and township data by race. 
 
Up to 3,600 late-arriving mail ballots are eligible to be counted if they were postmarked by March 19 and received by April 3, according to state statute. There are also up to 1,028 provisional ballots that will be counted if validated, a process that will begin tomorrow.

Here are a few highlights from Tuesday's election:

  • All 1,673 suburban Cook County precincts opened on time.
  • Results were reported from 99 percent of precincts before 10 p.m.
  • Turnout for suburban Cook County was 23.5 percent, down from 43.3 percent in the 2008 Presidential Primary but up slightly from the low of 23.1 in 2000 (see chart below).
  • 53% of voters cast Democratic ballots; 46% cast Republican ballots (see chart below).
  • The townships with the highest number of Republican ballots cast were Wheeling (14,579), Palatine (10,484), Maine (9,866), Worth (9,860), and Orland (9,648).
  • Rick Santorum won Worth Township, while Mitt Romney won the other 29 townships.** 

Results will be updated periodically as mail and provisional ballots are processed. The Clerk's office has 21 days to certify the results.

Suburban Cook County Turnout, Party Ballots Cast in Primary Elections

Primary Election Registered Voters Total Ballots Cast Turnout Democratic Republican March 1992 1,185,460 476,517 40.2% 63% 35% March 1994 1,270,171 355,620 28.0% 60% 37% March 1996 1,216,588 309,772 25.5% 47% 51% March 1998 1,348,524 322,970 23.9% 56% 42% March 2000 1,219,409 282,041 23.1% 53% 44% March 2002 1,313,943 438,844 33.4% 64% 35% March 2004 1,295,632 406,115 31.3% 69% 29% March 2006 1,383,846 345,970 25.0% 66% 33% Feb. 2008 1,350,580 585,499 43.3%  76% 23% Feb. 2010 1,439,415 367,688 25.5% 65% 35% March 2012* 1,394,649 327,461 23.5% 53% 46%

 

*Unofficial

         

 

**UPDATE: Mitt Romney won all 30 suburban Cook County townships.

-Submitted by the Cook County Clerk's office

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