The early voting totals for the March 20 primary are in, and while totals are up in Kendall County over the last presidential primary election, they’re down in Kane.
Early voting began in Kane and Kendall counties on Feb. 27, and wrapped up on March 15. According to Stan Bond, a Montgomery trustee and an applications analyst for the Kane County Clerk’s office, 7,017 voters headed out to the polls early county-wide – a much higher total than last year’s 4,550, but lower than the 9,193 who voted early in 2008, the last time a presidential primary was held. (That total does not include the city of Aurora, which has its own election commission.)
Last April’s was an odd-numbered-year consolidated election, focusing on local races, and those normally see low voter turnout. Last year was no exception: the election saw 13 percent of voters come to the polls in Kane County, which Clerk Jack Cunningham called a record low. 16.5 percent of voters turned out in Kendall County.
Kane County offered 19 sites for early voting in the 2012 primary, and also parked the Votemobile, a mobile voting station, at Jewel Osco locations throughout the county. Cunningham said he is happy with the turnout this time, and predicts a much higher one for early voting in the general election in November.
Kendall County saw an increase in early voters over both last year and 2008, according to Chief Deputy Clerk Renetta Mickelson. A total of 1,023 people cast ballots early at two sites in the county – one in Oswego, and one in Yorkville. That’s up from 778 last year, and 794 in the last presidential primary election in 2008.
While early voting is now over, in-person absentee voting is still available at the county clerks’ offices – 719 S. Batavia Avenue in Geneva for Kane County, 111 West Fox Street in Yorkville for Kendall County. Election day is Tuesday, April 5, and polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.