Wednesday, July 27, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The Cook County Clerk’s Office certified the results of the June 28 Gubernatorial Primary Election July 19 and they show low voter turnout across the suburbs and in Proviso Township.
According to the certified results, voter turnout was 19.61% across suburban Cook County. In Proviso Township, voter turnout was even lower — 16.4%. In some Proviso precincts, voter turnout was in the single digits.
Voter turnout was also low across the state, with an estimated statewide turnout of under 20%. Certified statewide results have not been released yet.
The low voter turnout may have been driven by a range of factors, election experts have said.
They include the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the fact that the June 28 election was a midterm primary, which typically attracts much fewer voters than a presidential election; and the atypical June primary date.
In a statement released July 25, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough lauded the county’s new E-pollbooks that her office debuted during the primary election.
“The new devices use a secure Apple iPad application to facilitate voter check-in and eliminate paper polling books,” she said.
“By all accounts, the E-pollbook rollout was a tremendous success that was well received by both voters and our Election Judges,” Yarbrough added. “The implementation of this new equipment on such a large scale was a challenge, but our judges did a tremendous job adapting to the new technology.”
Yarbrough thanked the election judges, polling place technicians and other election staffers for administering the primary election, but added that her office is “always on the lookout” for new election judges.
Those interested in becoming paid election judges can visit cookcountyclerk.com/work.
To see the certified election results, click here.