Early voting totals for this year’s election have far surpassed 2014 numbers.
About 20,000 more people cast ballots either in person or by mail as of Friday morning than did so four years ago, the last time Illinois voted for governor.
According to the Will County Clerk’s Office, 52,466 people have voted early this year, 33,920 in person and 18,546 by mail.
In 2014, 32,763 people early voted, 22,388 in person and 10,375 by mail.
The increase in early voter turnout reflects trends elsewhere in the Shaw Media coverage area, such as in Grundy County, where vote by mail ballot requests more than doubled.
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots anticipated solid voter turnout this year, at least due in part to expanded opportunities to vote early and file mail in ballots.
Local political groups have reported increased interest in the 2018 midterms, which seems to reflect national trends, as Democrats vie to take back the House of Representatives, the Senate and multiple governors’ mansions across the county.
In Illinois, every federal representative is up for re-election, although neither Sen. Dick Durbin nor Sen. Tammy Duckworth will be on the ballot. In 2014, the total voter turnout was 51 percent of the then 388,057 registered voters.