More than 1.5 million suburban Cook County residents – a record number – are registered to vote in tomorrow‘s Gubernatorial Primary Election, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

“From the top of the ballot to the bottom, there are contests on both the Democratic and Republican sides that have generated a great deal of attention and interest among voters,” Orr said. “We’ve seen the impact of that interest in the number of people registered to vote in suburban Cook County, as well as the record number of people who’ve taken advantage of Early Voting and already cast their votes.”

Here are some interesting statistics about tomorrow’s election:

  • 1,549,688 registered voters in suburban Cook County (1,451,593 in 2014)
  • 425 candidates in 357 contests, 27% of them contested
  • 8,600 Election Judges, working in 1,000 polling places (1,599 precincts)
  • 90,625 ballots cast during Early Voting *today is the final day of Early Voting (34,035 early votes were cast in 2014)
  • The record for the number of early voters in a Gubernatorial Primary Election – 34,829 in 2010 – was broken with one week of Early Voting remaining on Monday, March 12
  • The townships with the most early voters have been:  Northfield – 5,409, Thornton – 5,335, Wheeling – 5,216, Proviso – 4,993 and Evanston – 4,738
  • Women have represented 54% of all early voters
  • Voters age 65 and older have accounted for nearly 44% percent of all early voters. Also, 17-24 year-olds have accounted for 3.6% of all early voters
  • 79.7 percent of all early voters have requested Democratic ballots while 19.8 percent of all early voters have requested Republican ballots
  • 62% of candidates in the Gubernatorial Primary are men
  • The percentage of candidates who are women has steadily risen since the 2010 Gubernatorial Election:
    • 2018: 38.3%
    • 2014: 33.2%
    • 2010: 30.3%
  • Recent Gubernatorial Primary turnout in suburban Cook County:
    • 2014: 16.0%
    • 2010: 25.5%
    • 2006: 25.0%
    • 2002: 33.4%
    • 1998: 23.9%

A new voter registration card was included in an election information guide mailed to all registered voters last month. Voters are not required to show the card before voting, but it does list useful information including the voter’s precinct, polling location and voting districts.

Voters can check their registration status, precinct, polling place and sample ballot at the Clerk’s website,