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Voting roundup in the Sauk Valley

Turnout up in Whiteside, down in Lee for midterm election

Voting was in full swing Tuesday afternoon at the Northland Mall.
Voting was in full swing Tuesday afternoon at the Northland Mall.

Voter turnout was up throughout the state for Tuesday’s midterm election, and early voting continues to increase in the Sauk Valley.

Preliminary voting totals in Illinois are about 54 percent, the highest for a midterm election since 1990, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. For Cook County, an unofficial total of about 55 percent turnout was the highest in 32 years.

Around 57 percent of Whiteside County voters cast ballots, compared to other gubernatorial general elections at 47.61 percent and 50.23 percent in 2014 and 2010, respectively.

A big draw to the polls was the Whiteside County sheriff’s race, which garnered more votes than the governor’s race, according to unofficial election results.

Midterm elections usually average about 50 percent turnout, whereas presidential elections are closer to 68-70 percent.

In Lee County, turnout was lower than previous years at 41.46 percent, but the uptick to 49 percent in 2014 was likely because of the referendum asking voters about changing the form of government to a managerial style, which 76 percent of voters were in favor.

Turnout was 43.78 percent in 2010.

Early voting was also up in both counties for a midterm election. Early, grace and by mail votes totaled 3,502 in Whiteside County and 3,382 in Lee County.

By the numbers

Here’s a look at how many voters came to the polls for Tuesday’s general election and in previous years.

Whiteside County

2018 – 57.04 percent, 21,642 out of 37,945 voters (gubernatorial general)

2016 – 68.53 percent, 25,875 out of 37,759 voters (presidential general)

2014 – 47.61 percent, 17,860 out of 37,510 voters (gubernatorial general)

2012 – 68.11 percent, 25,994 out of 38,166 voters (presidential general)

2010 – 50.23 percent, 19,240 out of 38,300 voters (gubernatorial general)

Lee County

2018 – 41.36 percent, 9,304 out of 22,496 voters (gubernatorial general)

2016 – 68.53 percent, 15,707 out of 22,919 voters (presidential general)

2014 – 49.09 percent, 11,455 out of 23,335 voters (gubernatorial general)

2012 – 70.68 percent, 15,439 out of 21,843 voters (presidential general)

2010 – 43.78 percent, 11,704 out of 25,723 voters (gubernatorial general)

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