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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, October 19, 2020

First Day of Expanded Early Voting in DuPage County Shatters Record by 58 Percent

The first day of expanded Early Voting in DuPage County shattered a record by 58 percent – 4,571 voters – for a total of 12,380 ballots cast. Historic comparisons for the same day in 2018 – 6,218; 2016 – 7,809; 2012 – 5,138; and 2008 – 2,956.

By the end of Monday, over 18 percent of DuPage County’s 644,569 registered voters had cast ballots between early and mail voting combined, with two full weeks to go until Nov. 3rd.

The County Clerk’s office increased the number of Early Voting sites by 50 percent since the primary. Early Voting locations and times can be found on the Clerk’s website: 

https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voting/EarlyVoting/

“High voter turnout reflects the enthusiasm for democracy. When voters don’t exercise their franchise, they allow those who do to make decisions for them which impact their lives,” County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek said. “When more people vote, it gives governments and those that are elected to run them greater legitimacy.”

Paper ballot early voting at the DuPage Fairgrounds from Sept. 24th through Oct. 17th brought in an additional 16,066 voters.

To date, 202,764 voters have applied for mail ballots; 85,983 have been verified. In 2016, there were 32,126 mail applicants, followed by 42,338 mail applicants in 2018.

Kaczmarek urges voters who have received their mail ballots to complete and return them as soon as possible. Voters may return voted mail ballots via the following options: a USPS mailbox, no postage required; the DuPage County Clerk Election Division office; drop boxes located at the south parking lot and main entrance of the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, 421 County Farm Road, Wheaton; or at drop boxes located at any DuPage County Early Voting location or Election Day polling place.