Evanston has suffered the percentage biggest drop in registered voters of any township in suburban Cook County, according to figures released by the county clerk’s office.

Evanston’s count of registered voters dropped 7 percent to 43,814 as of Thursday, compared to 47,062 at the same point in 2008.

For all of suburban Cook County voter registration is down just 2 percent at 1,404,927. The 2008 level set an all-time record.

County Clerk David Orr says that number will grow because several thousand registrations are still being processed and grace-period registration will continue until Nov. 3.

Nearly 900 people have registered and voted so far during the grace period.

Between 66 and 76 percent of registered voters in suburban Cook County have actually cast ballots during recent presidential elections.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Evanston voter flight

    Why not ask Mayor T and the alderpersons why voters (i.e., homeowners) are leaving Evanston? Would it by chance have anything to do with property taxes or the high cost of living in this city?

  2. Voter registration rolls do not measure population

    Sorry, but voter registration numbers do not tell us anything about population and whether people are "leaving Evanston."  You need to look to the census for that measure.  Between the two decennial census of 2000 and 2010 the city grew in population.  The latest 2011 estimate from the Census bureau shows a 0.4% rate of growth in Evanston since 2010.


  3. National Trend on Voter flight?

    While I have no research, I am certain this is being looked at, Why the 4,000 voter drop?  One would think this is young voters not registering.  Is this a trend on a national basis?

    Given the close race for President, one would think this spells trouble for Obama chances to win, given the polls show them almost neck and neck.

    We all know Obama will win Illinois, with a large majority but the other states may be different.

    time will tell.

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