It’s election day


Today is primary election day — the last chance for voters in Evanston and across Illinois to decide who they want to see on the fall general election ballot.

Poll open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.

More than 1.5 million suburban Cook County residents – a record number – are registered to vote, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

“From the top of the ballot to the bottom, there are contests on both the Democratic and Republican sides that have generated a great deal of attention and interest among voters,” Orr said. “We’ve seen the impact of that interest in the number of people registered to vote in suburban Cook County, as well as the record number of people who’ve taken advantage of Early Voting and already cast their votes.”

Voters will be choosing candidates for governor and lieutenant governor and other statewide offices including attorney general.

Races for state house and senate are also on the ballot, with the only hotly-contested local race in the 17th District where five Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination to represent northwest Evanston.

Here are some interesting statistics about tomorrow’s election:

Many voters have already cast their ballots during early voting — 4,738 ballots were cast at the Evanston Civic Center — which was the fifth highest total of any township in the county.

More information about polling place locations and who’s on the ballot can be found on the County Clerk’s website.

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