CHICAGO (CBS) — Suburban elections officials and others were disappointed by the extremely low voter turnout for this week’s consolidated elections.
If you thought Chicago’s 40 percent turnout on Tuesday was poor – and it was – pity the surrounding suburbs.
The Cook County Clerk’s office said suburban turnout was only about 14 percent on Tuesday. McHenry County barely reached 11 percent. Lake County was little better at 11.25 percent, when the last comparable election was 15 percent.
“There are many people who are discouraged by it; local leaders. I think this election, particularly, since it involves choosing the local leaders, which have such a direct impact on people’s lives,” Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff said.