It was a historic election in DuPage County, as a record number of voters came out to the polls to have their voices heard.
And they were, not only were early voting numbers up, but voter turnout on election day was as well, with around 70% of the community showing up to vote.
“It’s really a completely different world for people to register to vote and we’re seeing a much higher percentage of the voting age population now registered to vote, which is a very good thing,” said Robert Saar, Executive Director of the DuPage County Election Commission.
For president, DuPage and Will went Democratic, with Hillary Clinton getting 53% of the vote, and now President elect Donald Trump receiving 39% of the vote.
Both voted similarly in the District 11 Congressional race. With Democrat Bill Foster taking the 55% of the votes defeating opponent Tonia Khouri.
The Democratic tone didn’t carry throughout the ballot, however.
“At the county-wide offices and the county board offices and that sort of the stuff, they tend to stick with Republicans, not all the time, it’s not monolithic, but it is interesting at the top of the ballot that the voters in DuPage certainly feel free to vote their conscience and not necessarily their party,” said Saar.
Winning the vote in a close race in the 81st House District was Republican David Olsen who ran against Democratic nominee Greg Hose.
In the race for District 5 of the DuPage County Board, incumbent Jim Healy retained his seat for a four-year term, taking just over 35,000 votes.
Republican Janice Anderson also took a two-year term in that race, unseating incumbent Tony Michelassi.
All close races that historically DuPage County isn’t used to.
“I think you see voters in certain parts of the county that feel very free to vote for the candidate they feel is best to serve them rather than party loyalty,” said Saar.
And closer to town, Naperville voted ‘yes’ to a non-binding referendum question asking if Naperville Township roadway services should be consolidated with the City, and also voting ‘yes’ to a question about abolishing township government if it will bring savings.
Naperville’s consolidated election will be held April 4, 2017.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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