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Voter Turnout in Evanston Township Among Highest in Suburban Cook County

Evanston Township had one of the highest levels of voter turnout in suburban Cook County this year.

Although fewer people voted for the presidential election in Evanston than in 2008, Evanston Township was still among the townships in suburban Cook County with the highest levels of voter turnout this year.

According to unofficial results from Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, a total of 33,150 people cast their ballots for president in Evanston this year, as compared to 35,632 in 2008. Voter turnout was 74.9 percent in Evanston this year, behind Oak Park (79.8%), River Forest (76.1%), Rich (75.7%) and New Trier (75.2%) townships, the Clerk's Office reported. Overall, voter turnout in suburban Cook County was about 69 percent on Tuesday.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden took 84.87 percent of the votes in Evanston this year, as compared to 87.13 percent in 2008. Democrats also swept the polls locally, with 9th District U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, 9th District state senate candidate Daniel Biss, 17th district house candidate Laura Fine and 18th district State Rep. Robyn Gabel all taking more than 80 percent of the vote in Evanston.

For complete coverage of all the local races, visit our 2012 Evanston election results page.

victoria smith November 08, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I think that percentage is awful, especially knowing how many people actually live in Evanston! I hope that many of the young people in our area that turned 18 this year, got out and voted. My son drove 6 hours from college to come home and vote, just to turn around and go back. He was really excited to have been able to vote for the very first time, as was my other son who voted early. I would be interested to know why the other 30,000 plus residents felt it was not important to cast their vote.
Jim Osburn November 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I am impressed with the percentages--almost 85% of the voting population thinks in uniformity. I guess that that makes Republicans the new minority group, therefore entitled to some affirmative action in contracting, employment and public services. Also they should be elgible for listing as an endangered species, just as it is against the law to harrass the Canada goose, it should be a felony to yell, "Teabagger!" or "fascist!" at a dyed in the wool member of the GOP in this town. After another election cycle like this I will be asking for reparations.

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