Voter turnout today in Kendall County? ‘Low, really low’

County’s chief election official reports no lines at any polling places

After the historic voter turnout seen in last November’s general election, that interest in voting hasn’t seemed to materialize for today’s local election with mostly empty polling sites seen across Kendall County.

County Clerk Debbie Gillette called the turnout “low, really low” for the Tuesday, April 6, consolidated general election.

“There’s no line at any of the polling places,” she said in an interview on election day.

Polling places will remain open throughout the county until 7 p.m.

Going into Tuesday’s election, Gillette confirmed that about 1,800 people had voted early in the county. That’s about 2% of registered voters. For comparison, turnout in last November’s election was at 73%. Turnout was just 15% in the 2019 local election.

Early voting has been open for weeks at two different sites locally, the County Clerk’s Office in Yorkville and Oswego Village Hall.

Election officials also received about 250 mail-in ballots, a far cry from the thousands of mail-in ballots received last November, according to Gillette.

On the ballot today are races for local municipal offices, township governments, school, library and park boards.

Lucas Robinson

Lucas Robinson covers politics, courts, schools and the pandemic in Kendall County and Yorkville for Shaw Media. His work has previously appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Buenos Aires Times, Open Secrets and USAToday. He grew up in Muncie, Indiana.