GOP early voting up, DEMS down in Chicago suburbs

Cook County Clerk David Orr says he’s seeing an increase in the number of Republican primary early voters in the suburbs of Chicago and a decrease in Democratic voters.

Orr says Thursday that Republican early voting participation is up 77 percent this year compared with the primary in 2008. Democratic voting is down 30 percent.

There were nearly 6,300 Republican voters in the first ten days of early voting. During the same time period in 2008 there were about 3,550 Republican ballots cast.

On the Democratic side there were just more than 10,000 ballots cast this year during the first ten days of early voting. In 2008 there were about 14,500.

The busiest suburban Chicago voting location has been the Orland Park Village Hall.

Early voting ends March 15.

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