Record-low voter turnout in primary election - FOX 32 News Chicago

Record-low voter turnout in primary election

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Primary election night 2014 was an exciting one, and yet odd. Voter turnout was exceptionally low. In fact, record breaking low.

Voter turnout in the city of Chicago was only 16%. In suburban Cook County, turnout was 15.7%. DuPage was at 19%.

Analyst said the main reason for low turnout is there was no major high profile race on the democratic ballot. Sen. Dick Durbin had no opponent. Gov. Quinn did, but the race was never competitive. So, a lot of democrats stayed home.

Another thing, among democrats who did vote, most voted on a republican ballot. The republican race for governor attracted the most attention enticing crossover voters.

Also, suburban Cook County is primarily democratic. It is said that more than half of people who voted, 55%, took a republican ballot.

November should be interesting.

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