* From the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform…
According to the US Census Bureau, there are 9.02 million eligible voters in the state of Illinois. As of the November 2016 election, 8.14 million of those are active, registered voters with the state.
According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, a registered voter is reported as “active” by the voter’s local election jurisdiction if they have registered or voted within the past 2-4 Presidential Election cycles, or if they confirmed their registration address within a short time after that period. This means that 90% of eligible voters in Illinois are registered and active in the state. […]
The largest group of new registrations (30%) came from 18-24 year-olds. These new registrations make up 2.8% of all active, registered voters in Illinois. Additionally, 53% of new registrations were made by women, roughly matching the 52% of eligible voters in Illinois who are female.
Turnout of Newly Registered Voters
Of the 762,546 people who registered to vote between the Primary and General Election, 73% (559,019) actually turned out to vote in the election. Below is a breakdown of voter turnout:
75% of women who registered in this period voted in the election
71% of men who registered in this period voted in the election
The highest turnout among new registrants was among voters aged 55-64, with 79% voting
The lowest turnout among new registrants was among voters aged 18-24, with 66% voting
These numbers include the voters who registered at their polling places on Election Day. About 80,000 of the over 5.6 million voters in the General Election registered same-day. This equates to:
1.4% of all Illinois voters in the 2016 election
11% of all new registrations between the 2016 Primary and General Election
About 5.3 million total voters turned out for the 2012 election in Illinois, and 5.5 million voted in 2008.
Overall, new registrations account for 9% of the total active, registered voters in Illinois. This large increase in voter registration has led to the highest number of registered voters Illinois has ever seen.
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