Jul 29, 2014

Village Sees Strong Turnout on First Day of Early Voting

The number of early voters Monday topped the village's 2008 numbers. This, along with a very successful voter registration drive, could be an indicator of record turnout for November's election, Village Clerk Patrick Rea says.

Village Sees Strong Turnout on First Day of Early Voting

Although it was only the first day of early voting for the Nov. 6 election, Tinley Park officials were already seeing an increase in participation Monday compared to previous years, including the 2008 presidential election.


At a little past 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, about 20 voters had completed early voting ballots at Village Hall, said Village Clerk Patrick Rea, adding that he expected a few more voters before voting stopped at 4:30 p.m. In 2008, the village had less than five ballots cast on the first day of early voting, Rea said. During that same year, the village had 328 early voters, and the biggest turnouts came in the last four days of early voting, he added.

Early voting at the Village Hall also reflects a small portion of Tinley Park voters: those living in Will County. There is no Tinley location for Cook County early voters; the Orland Township Hall is the closest early voting polling place for those Tinley residents. That location had more than 800 voters Monday, according to Orland Park Patch.

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The strong first-day numbers for Tinley Park come on the heels of a very successful voter registration drive the village held in advance of the election, Rea said. The Clerk's Office spent around $500 advertising the drive—a village first—and reached out to residents, particularly seniors and students, with visits to Tinley Park High School, Bettenhausen Recreation Center, Tinley Court Retirement Center and other similar locales, Rea said.

Overall, Rea's office registered 640 voters in September and the first nine days of October. That number outstrips the amount of voters the village has registered in the past three years combined.

"That was huge by our standards," Rea said. "That's a dickens of a response."

If the voter registration figures and first-day early voter numbers are any indication, local turnout for this year's November election could outdo the records set in the 2008 presidential race, Rea said.

"We're on track to do better than our last record turnout in 2008," he said.

How Can I Vote Early?

Early voting runs until Nov. 3. To vote early, you must have a valid photo ID. Those include a current driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, a college ID or another government-issued photo ID.

Cook County Early Voting Sites




Alsip Village Hall

4500 W. 123rd St.
Alsip, IL 60803

Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Berwyn City Hall 6700 W. 26th St.
Berwyn, IL 60402
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Calumet City Public Library 660 Manistee Ave.
Calumet City, IL 60409
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Calumet Township Community Center 12633 S. Ashland Ave.
Calumet Park, IL 60827
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Chicago Heights City Hall 1601 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Cicero Community Center NEW 2250 S. 49th Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cicero PSO Building 5410 W. 34th St.
Cicero, IL 60804
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Elk Grove Village Hall 901 Wellington Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Elmwood Park Village Hall 11 W. Conti Parkway
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Faith Family Future Center 16931 South Park Ave.
South Holland, IL 60473
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Glenview Village Hall 1225 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Hodgkins Village Hall 8990 Lyons St.
Hodgkins, IL 60525
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Lemont Library District 50 East Wend St.
Lemont, IL 60439
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Matteson Village Hall 4900 Village Commons
Matteson, IL 60443
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.Oak Forest City Hall 15440 S. Central Ave.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.Oak Lawn Village Hall 9446 S. Raymond Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oak Park Village Hall 123 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.Orland Township Hall 14807 Ravinia Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.Palatine Village Hall 200 East Wood St.
Palatine, IL 60067
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Palos Heights Administration Building 7607 W. College Dr.
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Park Forest Village Hall 350 Victory Blvd.
Park Forest, IL 60466
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Stickney-Forest View Public Library 6800 W. 43rd St.
Stickney, IL 60402
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. *Bridgeview Courthouse 10220 S. 76th Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. *Markham Courthouse 16501 S. Kedzie Ave.
Markham, IL 60428
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

SOURCE: Cook County Clerk's Office


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