CHICAGO | Clerk David Orr is reminding suburban Cook County voters to participate in Tuesday's consolidated election, when 993 contests and 2,688 candidates will be on the ballot.
Candidates will be running for office in Lansing, South Holland, Sauk Village, Lynwood, Burnham, Crete, Steger, Calumet City and Glenwood as well as in the 2nd Congressional District. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"Voters turn out in local elections when a contested race or weighty referendum is on the ballot," Orr said. "Many mayoral races are up for grabs tomorrow so we will certainly have pockets of activity."
Early voting participation illustrates how hot races can drive turnout, Orr said in a news release. Four of the top five early voting sites — Melrose Park, South Holland, Oak Lawn and Park Ridge — have a contested mayoral race. Two of the busiest early voting sites — Matteson and South Holland — are located in the 2nd Congressional District, where a special election will determine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s replacement.
Overall, 40,693 voters cast ballots during early voting. That's up 52.5 percent from the last consolidated election in 2011 (26,679 ballots cast) and up 60.4 percent from 2009 (25,375).
The full list of candidates, referenda and write-in candidates and polling places can be found under the 2013 Elections section of cookcountyclerk.com. Voters can also view their sample ballot by using the online voter information tool or visiting m.cookcountyclerk.com from a smartphone or tablet. Unofficial election results will be posted at cookcountyclerk.com beginning about an hour after polls close. Votes for write-in candidates will not be available until after the canvas, which will begin the week following the election.
The clerk's office offers the following Election Day hotlines:
• English: (312) 603-0906
• Spanish: (312) 603-6767
• Chinese: (312) 603-6769
• Hindi: (312) 603-6743
• Polish: (312) 603-6770
• TDD: (312) 603-0902
• Voters with disabilities: (312) 603-0929
• Legal hotline to report fraud an irregularities: (312) 603-0236