Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette is projecting voter turnout of about 20 to 25% in today’s primary election.
The polls will remain open until 7 p.m. today, as voters select Republican and Democratic nominees to run in the Nov. 8 general election and decide local referendum questions.
Gillette said her turnout forecast is typical of a primary election.
“It seems to be slow,” Gillette said as she surveyed reports from polling places, which opened at 6 a.m.
Kendall County has 84,000 registered voters in 78 precincts, served by 39 polling places, plus a special “vote center” at Oswego High School, 4250 Route 71.
Under a new state law, every county must create an Election Day center in its largest municipality, where any registered voter in the county may cast a ballot.
At 10 a.m., just four voters had cast ballots at the vote center, Gillette said.
Many Kendall County voters will not need to travel to the polls today, having taken advantage of early-voting and vote-by-mail opportunities.
Gillette said 2,887 early ballots were cast in Kendall County, while her office sent out roughly 900 mail-in ballots to voters who made the request.