Illinois sees a particularly low turnout for consolidated election information
ILLINOIS – Turnout was extremely low across the board in Tuesday’s consolidated elections in Illinois. Some counties in southern Illinois only reported a 6% turnout.
The right to vote is one of the most important parts of our democracy. Why was the turnout so low? John Jackson of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University spoke to several local district clerks about turnout.
“A Williamson County clerk said people were just sick of the elections. They’re still hungover from the November 3rd conflict,” Jackson said. “And then everything that came after that, through January 6th, and Capitol Hill stuff. And then the impeachment, and she said people are just fed up with it all.”
In Jackson County, where Southern Illinois University is in Carbondale, a little less than 16% of the electorate voted. This is a remarkable difference from the 72% turnout seen by the county in the general election. According to Jackson, a low turnout will affect who will represent you locally.
“If you do not vote, you will not participate and have no effect, and yet the government will move on. Some officials will take control of these offices and they will take command.” “Jackson said.” If they only get a turnout of 4%, 8% or 17%, it really is a nuisance to their democracy. “
He believes that one of the many reasons for the low turnout is a lack of competition in the elections. While some people may not feel comfortable posing as an elected official, Jackson believes it could get more people to vote. He says if you are registered to vote, you must cast your ballot in order for your vote to be heard.
You can find the results of the Illinois consolidated elections Here.