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Illinois sees less than 29 percent of voter turnout for March primary election

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — The Illinois State Board of Elections has finalized the results of March's primary election, including official voter turnout numbers.

The State Board of Elections announced a total of 2,279,439 voters cast ballots on Mar. 17, which translates to 28.36% of registered voters. A total of 8,036,534 residents in the state are registered to vote, according to the State Board of Elections.

Democrats accounted for 74.8 percent of the vote and Republicans 24.72 percent. Additionally, 10,697 voters cast non-partisan ballots on local ballot propositions, according to the State Board of Elections.

Though Board of Elections staff have not completed compilation of official early voting and vote-by-mail totals, unofficial estimates indicate that use of these methods roughly doubled from the 2016 presidential primary, when 17.9 percent of votes were cast during early voting and by mail.

Unofficial data shows voting by mail, which accounted for 3 percent of the 2016 primary vote, likely made up 10 percent of the 2020 total.

Though voting on Mar. 17 was conducted amid coronavirus concerns, turnout results statewide were comparable to several presidential primaries in recent years. Four of the previous 10 presidential primaries generated voter turnout of less than 30 percent, with 2000 and 2004 turnout lower than this year’s.

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