This week brought the first statewide election since Barack Obama took the presidency in fall of 2008.
And with the recession, state budget woes, and corruption rocking the Illinois boat over the last two years…a rush to the polls could have been expected on Election Day.
But that wasn’t the case, with right around 25% of voters in both DuPage and Will Counties making their ways to the polling places throughout Naperville. Empty voting booths and yawning elections judges were the norm.
“Just the feel from the public with people calling in we knew it was probably going to be on the lower side,” said Bob Saar, Executive Director of the DuPage County Election Commission. “We’ve been as high as 35%, so this was a pretty slow election for this type of election.”
Due to absentee ballots, the official numbers for the county won’t come in for another couple of weeks, but even with the low turnout, there were still some victory parties on Tuesday night.
Dan Cronin won nearly half of the Republican vote for DuPage County Board Chairman in a race without an incumbent. The county has never had a Democratic chairman.
In a closely-contested county board race, only 116 votes separated Naperville’s John Zediker from Joe Wozniak for the Republican District 5 nomination.
There were no primary opponents for Naperville’s candidates running for Illinois senate and representative seats. Those races will be fought in November.
Moving to Will County, Naperville’s seat on the county board saw a shake-up. Suzanne Hart and Laurie McPhillips will join incumbent Ann Dralle as the District 3 Republican representatives. The trio will do battle with district Democrats in November.
Will County also saw a highly anticipated sheriff’s race. Paul Kaupas ran away with the Republican nomination, while Democrats voted in Pete Piazza.
While both counties are still tabulating absentee votes along with voter trends, political experts attribute the sparse voter turnout to a couple of things—voter fatigue and Illinois’ early primary date.
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