Clerk Yarbrough Releases Presidential Post-Election Report With Record Suburban Voter Participation

February 18, 2021
Press Release

Despite the hurdles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, voting numbers in suburban Cook County in the November 3, 2020 General Election shattered previous records, with the highest level of voter participation recorded over any previous election and voter registration at an all-time high, according to the Office of Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough.  

A total of 1,188,017 ballots were cast in the November Presidential Election, the highest level of voter participation in any election ever held in suburban Cook County, according to the Clerk’s November 3, 2020 Post Election Report released today.  

In addition, the pandemic spurred historic participation in Pre-Election Day voting in all forms including Early Voting and Mail Voting, which accounted for 76.9 percent of all ballots cast.  Voter Registration was also at a record level with 1,669,040 registered voters, up from the previous record of 1,587,447 in the 2018 General Election. 

“Despite the tremendous obstacles, both voters and poll workers refused to allow coronavirus to hinder the voting process or suppress their right to vote,” said Yarbrough.  “We urged voters to take advantage of Early Voting and Mail Voting, and they answered that call in historic fashion.”

The summary also reports that Joe Biden received 781,238 votes from suburban Cook County – the most of any candidate in the county’s history.  Biden won the vast majority of suburban townships, capturing a total of 26 townships compared to Donald Trump’s four townships. 

Download the full Post-Election Report for more analysis, trends, and data.