DUPAGE COUNTY – Over one-quarter of registered voters in DuPage County have already cast their ballots for the 2020 election, according to the county clerk's office.
DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek reported that as of Friday morning, 177,842 registered voters have either voted in-person at early voting locations, or have had their returned vote-by-mail ballot verified. That number is over 27% of DuPage County's 644,796 total registered voters. Nearly 45,000 voters have registered in the last year, according to the county clerk's office.
On Monday the county shattered the record for the first day of expanded early voting by 58% with 12,380 ballots cast. Nationally, at least 50 million people have already voted, according to University of Florida professor Michael McDonald of the U.S. Elections Project.
“We’re continuing to see daily records at expanded early voting compared with previous elections. The average has been over 13,000 daily this week,” Kaczmarek said.
The DuPage County turnout percentage has trended down in three of the four Presidential elections since 2000, even as the number of ballots cast have consistently gone up. Turnout was 76.5% in 2000 (369,300 ballots case), 76.1% in 2004 (404,117 ballots), 76.3% in 2008 (420,397), 71.4% in 2012 (400,601) and 70.6% in 2016 (434,050).
DuPage County citizens who have not registered to vote may do so at early voting locations and Election Day polling places, with the required two forms of identification.
“I recommend voters needing to register to vote do so at an early voting location as soon as possible to avoid long lines closer to Election Day,” Kaczmarek said.