Turnout for Tuesday election in Will County at 16%

Percentage exceeds 2019 election with increased mail-in voting

Nearly 16% of registered voters in Will County cast a ballot in Tuesday’s consolidated municipal election, according to unofficial results from the Will County Clerk’s office.

In raw numbers, over 73,000 ballots have been counted as of election night.

The total exceeds the 13% turnout from the last consolidated election in 2019 in which nearly 58,000 ballots were cast. The clerk’s office had said it saw an “unprecedented” number of mail-in ballot requests for a local election.

Still, the turnout pales in comparison to elections with state and federal offices on the ballot. In the November presidential election, about 75% of registered voters in Will County voted.

Charles B. Pelkie, the chief of staff to Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry, said their office has been working to stress the importance of local elections.

“She (Staley Ferry) always wants to see the turnout higher in local races,” Pelkie said.

He noted that offices on the ballot in the local election “impact people’s lives” and have direct oversight of local services and taxes.

The turnout rate for Tuesday’s election could tick up with more mail-in and provisional ballots yet to be counted.

Pelkie said as of Wednesday, the county clerk’s office has about 90 provisional ballots and around 2,500 mail-in ballots to count.

Those don’t include the mail-in ballots that have yet to arrive at the clerk’s office. Residents had until Tuesday to postmark their mail-in ballots.

While the clerk’s office plans to hold the final provisional count of the remaining ballots on April 20, Pelkie said they may process uncounted ballots before then to help give candidates a better idea of where they stand in close races.

Visit thewillcountyclerk.com for more information.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.