Early Voting Declines From Previous Elections

Mar 18, 2014

Illinois polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.
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After months of campaigning, Illinois voters go to the polls Tuesday. But turnout for recent primary elections has been quite low.

Jim Tenuto, with the State Board of Elections, says fewer than one in four registered voters has pulled a primary ballot in recent years. And leading up to the primary, things have been calm this year, too.

"This election seems very quiet as far as phone calls and inquiries," he says. Tenuto says there's no way to predict turnout, but he says early voting is down 14 percent from the last election in 2012.

Democrats and Republicans will be pick their standard-bearers to compete for the highest offices in Illinois.

The most hotly contested race is on the Republican side, where three longtime elected officials and a wealthy businessman are seeking the gubernatorial nomination. Republicans will also be asked to pick a candidate for U.S. Senate, state treasurer, and various legislative and judicial races.

On the Democratic side, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn is facing anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman. None of the other statewide Democratic races are contested.