Voter registration is down in Illinois from both the 2008 and 2010 elections, according to the State Board of Elections. As of yesterday, there were 7.28 million registered voters in the state, down from the 7.3 million who were registered for the 2008 election. There were 7.6 million registered voters for the 2010 elections.
Early voting has reached 16,470, which is up from the 2010 primary's figure of 12,223, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr. Republicans have seen a spike in early voting in Cook County, with 38.1 percent of total early voting being done by GOPers. In 2008, 19.6 percent of all ballots cast by this point via early voting were Republicans. Democratic early voting is downby 4,500 compared to 2008.