David Orr, Cook County Clerk
         

April 9 election information 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 13, 2013

Courtney Greve: 312.603.0931 312.502.3267
courtney.greve@cookcountyil.gov

More than 2,700 candidates will be running for municipal, school, park, library and fire district offices in suburban Cook County on April 9, 2013, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

"Voter participation in local elections is crucial for residents to influence issues affecting their communities," Orr said. "Unfortunately, turnout is often very low in consolidated elections." (See turnout history below.)

In the last consolidated election in 2011, there were about 2,100 candidates and overall turnout was less than 17 percent. However, turnout was significantly higher in areas with a hot contest. For example, turnout was 78 percent in McCook, 51 percent in Barrington Hills and 50 percent in Bedford Park.

The full list of candidates, referenda and write-in candidates can be found under the 2013 Elections section of cookcountyclerk.com. Voters can also view their sample ballot by using the online Voter Information tool.

Please note: There are still pending objections to some candidates. The candidates will be updated as electoral boards and the court make rulings.

Upcoming election dates for the April 9 election

  • Now – Mail ballot applications accepted
  • March 25 – Early Voting begins
  • April 6 – Grace period registration and voting ends
  • April 6 – Early Voting ends
  • April 8 – Last day to mail absentee ballots
  • April 9 – Election Day

Turnout in Consolidated Elections 1999-2011

 Year

Registered Voters

Ballots Cast

Percent Turnout

1999 

1,334,905

263,452

19.7%

2001

1,302,197 

377,595

29.0%

2003

1,321,089

300,484

22.7%

2005

1,418,280

382,587

27.0%

2007

1,371,803

236,050

17.2%

2009

1,463,070

304,766

20.8%

2011

1,395,756

233,350

16.7%

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