Slow turnout at polls in Oak Park

Village clerk reports vote varies notably from precinct to precinct

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Today's Oak Park polling spots are hit or miss in terms of voter turnout, with some reporting a high percentage of voters hitting the polls and others reporting little voter traffic.

Oak Park Village Clerk Teresa Powell has been making her rounds to polling places since about 1 p.m., and said that voter turnout in each of the precincts has varied, sometimes greatly. "Some of the precincts I was at earlier this afternoon already had about a 20 or 25 percent turnout," she said. Others are showing smaller numbers. "One of the ones I stopped at only had 32 people voting so far, which is like five percent. Maybe some people voted early, but that was a little dismal," she said.

Powell said she spoke to one election judge who had also worked in early voting, who estimated that the grand total of registered voters to hit the polls in Oak Park would fall somewhere around 15 percent, much like the local election two years ago.

Powell said that there haven't been any major problems in today's elections, though one voting machine wasn't working quite right. "But someone had just come by and fixed it when I stopped at that precinct."

Powell said she'll continue to make her rounds through the afternoon, and hopes to hit each precinct. "It's been very interesting to check in with everybody," she said.

Calls to the village clerk in River Forest were not immediately returned, but poll workers at the polling place in village hall said that things had been fairly quiet, and reported that only 80 voters had come through by just after 3 p.m.

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Posted: April 5th, 2011 11:28 PM

Slow maybe.....But surely not LOW! Wowzer  

Posted: April 5th, 2011 7:27 PM

There was better than 35% turn out (not including early voting) at my polling place.

Jannel from Oak Park  

Posted: April 5th, 2011 7:25 PM

But, does this take into account the early voting b/4 today?


Posted: April 5th, 2011 6:39 PM

My guess for highest turnout and most motivated voters would be the Irving precincts for added incentive of playground funds.

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