Lake County has record number registered to vote Tuesday
BY DAN MORAN firstname.lastname@example.org November 4, 2012 5:36PM
Updated: January 4, 2013 1:44AM
When Lake County heads to the polls for Tuesday’s general election, it will do so with a record number of voters on the rolls, with 407,081 residents having registered by the Oct. 9 deadline.
That total not only tops the 405,041 voters who were on the roster four years ago when Barack Obama and John McCain were on the ballot — along with Mark Kirk, Dan Seals, Melissa Bean and Steve Greenberg — but it marks an increase of 21,176 registered voters since the March 20 primaries.
A look at how 2012’s numbers compare with elections over the past two decades, when the county’s overall population has grown from 516,418 to 703,462:
■ Nov. 2, 2010: 404,637 registered voters, 207,499 votes cast; turnout 51.28 percent.
■ Nov. 4, 2008: 301,077 votes cast; turnout 74.33 percent. Democrat Obama won 177,242 votes (59.26) to 118,545 (39.63 percent) for the GOP’s McCain.
■ Nov. 2, 2004: 382,835 registered voters, 276,609 votes cast; turnout 72.25 percent. Republican George W. Bush won 139,081 votes (50.44 percent) to 134,352 (48.72 percent) for Democrat John Kerry.
■ Nov. 7, 2000: 350,673 registered voters, 246,706 votes cast; turnout 70.35 percent. Bush won 120,988 (49.96 percent) to 115,058 votes (47.51 percent) for Democrat Al Gore and 4,843 (2 percent) for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.
■ Nov. 5, 1996: 297,863 registered voters, 208,902 votes cast; turnout 70.13 percent. Democrat Bill Clinton won 93,315 votes (45.59 percent) to 93,149 (45.51 percent) for Republican Bob Dole and 16,640 (8.13 percent) for Reform Party candidate Ross Perot.
To be elected Tuesday will be president, congressmen, state senators and representatives, Lake County Board members, judges and other candidates. Also on the ballot are a handful of referendums. Thousands of voters already have cast their ballots through early voting.
The Lake County Clerk’s Office is reminding people that some of their ballot options might have changed due to congressional redistricting, registered voters can view secure information that includes their 2012 district, elected officials, candidates, sample ballot and voting sites by visiting Web site LakeVoterPower.info and entering their name, address and date of birth.
Although voters do not have to present certificates of registration in order to vote, a copy can be downloaded at LakeVoterPower.info to provide a printed copy of their voting site’s address and their local voting districts.