7.3M Illinoisans registered to vote before primary

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 7.3 million people are registered to vote in Illinois going into the state’s primary election later this month, which is about even with the number registered before the 2008 presidential primary, the State Board of E

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 7.3 million people are registered to vote in Illinois going into the state’s primary election later this month, which is about even with the number registered before the 2008 presidential primary, the State Board of Elections said Thursday.

Turnout for the 2008 primary was about 41 percent, the state’s voter database shows. Registration rose to nearly 7.8 million voters and turnout was 71 percent for the general election that year, when then Illinois. Sen. Barack Obama was elected president.

But the registration heading into this month’s primary is about 318,000 few than before the primary election in 2010, which featured races for governor and U.S. Senate and several hotly contested congressional seats, the elections board said.

In the Cook County suburbs of Chicago, the number of Republican primary early voters has increased for this presidential primary while the number of Democratic early voters has gone down, Clerk David Orr said. Republican early voting participation is up 77 percent this year compared with the 2008 primary. Democratic voting is down 30 percent.

The busiest suburban Chicago voting location has been the Orland Park Village Hall.

Early voting ends March 15. The primary election in Illinois is March 20.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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