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Early Voting at Lemont Library Down from 2011

Only 419 votes were cast during early voting, according to unofficial results published by Cook County Clerk David Orr.

Early voting totals from the Lemont Public Library are down drastically this year from 2011.

As of Sunday, the library had only 419 ballots cast between March 25 and April 6, the designated early voting period, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr. 

The turnout is a far cry from the April 2011 election, when 1,511 early ballots were cast. That year, the library had the third highest turnout in Cook County behind Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette and Chicago Heights City Hall.

The 2011 election featured 10 candidates running for four vacant school board positions in Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A. Voters were also faced with a $20 million working cash bond referendum for the district, which they ultimately voted down.

This year, the only contested race in Lemont is again in District 113A, where five candidates are vying for three positions.

The Lemont Library saw its highest early voter turnout this year on Friday and Saturday, when it had 56 and 63 ballots cast, respectively. More than 260 votes were cast during the same period in 2011.

Overall, 40,693 Cook County voters cast ballots during early voting, Orr said. That's up 52.5 percent from the last consolidated election in 2011 (26,679 ballots cast) and up 60.4 percent from 2009 (25,375).

The consolidated election will be held Tuesday. 

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jack April 08, 2013 at 12:08 PM
This is a silly article. There was a lot more to be voting about then. Its like saying the traffic was much less at 7 am on Sunday than it was on the drive home Friday at 5.
Lemont Citizen April 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I don't expect that there will be much of a voter turnout due to the fact that most of the candidates are running unopposed. It literally only takes one vote to win, and that vote can come from the person who applied for the position. Getting elected has never been easier.
Amanda Luevano (Editor) April 08, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Jack, You think it's silly, which is fine, but I thought it was interesting that Lemont had such a high early voter turnout in 2011 (third in Cook County) and yet this year was actually in the mid-to-low range. I agree that there was more to be voting on then, i.e. the referendum, which I pointed out. It is regular practices for news organizations to report on voter turnout, early voting included. Some people find it interesting, others compare it to traffic reports, which is fine too. Sorry you felt that way. Not sure I agree with the analogy, though. - Amanda

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