Voter turnout near record low in suburban Cook County

April 6, 2011

Voter turnout was near the record low in suburban Cook County on Tuesday. About 16 percent of registered voters took to the polls, with some precincts still not counted.

The record low was in 2007 when 17 percent of voters cast ballots. Cook County Clerk David Orr said turnout may be low across the entire county, but there are patches of high counts.

"A lot of voters that are not participating, they don't feel like they know enough about the candidates," Orr said. "And, frankly, there's not a lot of TV coverage or radio coverage of some of these races and they don't read the papers like they used to."

 

 

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