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Clerk’s Presidential Post-Election Report  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 16, 2016

Nick Shields: 312.603.6952
nick.shields@cookcountyil.gov

Clerk’s office releases Presidential Post-Election Report

The November 8, 2016 Presidential Election was record-setting with a 55.7 percent increase in voting before Election Day and more ballots cast in any election in the modern history of suburban Cook County, according to the 2016 Presidential Election Post-Election Report, released Friday by the office of Cook County Clerk David Orr.

“Suburban Cook County voters have shown a preference for voting before Election Day for some time now – Early, Mail and Grace Period voting numbers have increased in every election since their respective implementation,” Orr said. “As Pre-Election Day voting becomes more popular with voters, convenience goes up and Election Day costs come down.”

Also, according to the Post-Election Report, Suburban Cook saw the highest number of registered voters prior to Election Day– 1,512,190 – as well as on November 8, thanks to Election Day Registration (EDR).

“This election was the first Presidential General that EDR was available in every precinct,” Orr said. “More than 24,000 residents who wouldn’t have been able to cast a ballot were able to vote as a direct result of Election Day Registration.”

The report provides an in-depth look at the results of the 117 contests, plus an analysis of turnout and votes from the precinct to township level.

Some highlights from the report include: •Hillary Clinton received the highest number of votes – 699,003 – by a presidential candidate in modern suburban Cook County history. She surpassed Barack Obama’s 2008 record by 845 votes.

  • Donald Trump received the lowest number of votes – 317,970 – by a Republican or Democratic Presidential Candidate in modern suburban Cook County history.

  • Oak Park Township had the highest voter turnout at 83.4 percent. Oak Park has had an 80 percent turnout in every Presidential Election since 2000. 

  • Brad Schneider reclaimed the 10th Congressional District seat from incumbent Bruce Dold. The two have each won the seat twice since 2010 – yet neither has won a re-election bid in the three contests between the two candidates. 

Full election results, with charts and maps illustrating election trends, are in the Post-Election Report at cookcountyclerk.com. A PDF of the report can be downloaded here.

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