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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