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Clerk: Voter turnout for Kane County primary was approximately 21.21%

Most voters stayed home during primary election

The March 20 primary election had as low a turnout as past primaries, Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said.

With 256,965 registered voters in Kane County, 54,491 voted in the primary, representing about 21.21 percent of registered voters, Cunningham said.

“Governor’s races are usually lower than presidential races,” Cunningham said. “And both the primary and general – and the consolidated – are even lower.”

Yet, Cunningham said his office was happy with the turnout.

“And we were really happy with the extraordinary early voting turnout of 15,000, compared to four years ago when 6,000 people early voted,” Cunningham said.

“We partnered with private businesses that have electronic signs – like Merlin’s and Mooseheart and fire departments,” Cunningham said. “So when you are driving around and see them all say, ‘Vote early,’ subconsciously the theory is it put in your mind to vote early and it worked.”

Among 30,291 registered Democrats in Kane County, 27,693 voted, a turnout of 91.42 percent, Cunningham said.

Registered Republicans in Kane County number 62,966, and of those, 26,461 voted or about 42.02 percent, Cunningham said.

“Four years ago, it was the opposite because Republicans had five candidates for governor,” Cunningham said. “Now, the Democrats had a heated governor’s race … and a heated attorney general race, so there was more excitement and more activity – and more campaigning.”

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