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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

DUPAGE COUNTY CLERK JEAN KACZMAREK ANNOUNCES VOTE-BY-MAIL DRIVING INCREASED TURNOUT OVER LAST MIDTERM ELECTION

WHEATON, IL- DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek announces that with one week of voting left to go, voter turnout in DuPage County for the 2022 General Election continues to considerably exceed turnout at the same point in 2018.  As of the end of day Tuesday, November 1ST, DuPage County voter turnout was 89,447 votes out of 615,799 registered voters for a turnout percentage of 14.5%.  At the same point in 2018, total voter turnout stood at 69,881 votes out of 639,752 registered voters for a turnout percentage of 10.9%.  Total voter turnout in 2018 ended up at nearly 58 percent; turnout in 2014 was 49 percent.

The higher turnout has largely been driven by the increased popularity of mail voting.  So far, 83,723 voters have requested mail ballots. 

Of those who have voted so far in the 2022 election, 40,622 voters have voted early in-person and 48,825 vote-by-mail ballots have been returned.  At the same point in 2018, 50,909 voters had voted early in-person and 18,972 vote-by-mail ballots had been returned.

“Promoting vote-by-mail has been key to my efforts to increase voter access in DuPage County,” Kaczmarek says.  “While the state mandated that county clerks send a permanent vote-by-mail application to all voters this year, my office mailed those applications twice, before both the primary and general elections.  Over 85% of our mail ballot requests have been permanent, ensuring that vote-by-mail turnout will continue to grow in future elections.” 

Voters who have applied for a mail ballot are urged to complete it and return it via mail or drop box as soon as possible. 

“Voters may vote in-person at one of our 22 Early Voting locations or any of our 269 polling locations on Election Day,” Kaczmarek adds.

For the listing of 22 Early Voting locations open now in DuPage County, visit: DuPage County IL - Election Division - Early Voting.