Voters are turning out in record-setting numbers at Brookfield Village Hall and across suburban Cook County during the early voting period in the run up to Election Day, Nov. 3.
On Oct. 26, the polling place at Brookfield Village Hall blew past its single-day record of ballots cast, with 818 voters lining up to vote to begin the second week of early voting. That record-setting day came just four days after voters set a new record of 796 ballots cast on Oct. 22.
In each of the first five days of early voting in Brookfield, which began on Oct. 19, more than 700 cast ballots. Things slowed down over the weekend, when hours are slightly reduced, with 500 and 548 people casting ballots.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 27, nearly 5,800 people had cast ballots during early voting at Brookfield Village Hall. The location might have been able to come close to setting Brookfield’s all-time early voting turnout of about 6,600 by the end of day Tuesday – with six days of early voting still to come.
The record was set during the early voting period for the gubernatorial/congressional election in November 2018, which saw an unusually high voter turnout overall in suburban Cook County.
When the dust settles on early voting at the end of Monday, Nov. 2 there could be close to double the number of ballots cast in Brookfield compared to the 2016 presidential election, when 5,930 early ballots were cast.
On Tuesday afternoon after the Landmark’s press time, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough called a press conference in Cicero to announce record-breaking early voting totals throughout the county and an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots cast.
“Suburban voters have not only surpassed previous mail ballot request numbers – with over 555,000 applications submitted – but are also on pace to cast more early voting ballots than in any election in the history of Cook County,” the clerk’s office said in an email announcing the press conference.