Registered student voters turn out for Election Day

Only two student-area precincts topped DeKalb County’s 37.4 percent voter turnout in the Illinois primary election, but a substantially higher 82 percent of the registered voters in the NIU area took part in Tuesday’s election.

In the 12th precinct, the Stevenson Towers complex, 86.85 percent of the registered voters cast ballots, compared to the 10 percent that took part in the primary.

Although only 25 voters turned out in the 14th precinct for the primary, 514 of the 970 registered voters cast ballots Tuesday.

Additionally, there were significantly higher results in the 16th precinct, near the Newman Center, 512 Normal Road, where 448 of the 499 registered voters cast their ballots. In the primary, only 45.4 percent of the registered voters turned out.

Other student-dominated areas showed a similar trend, with favorable voter turnouts.

In the 1st precinct, near the Congregational Church, 615 N. First St., 305 of the 338 registered voters cast ballots, making a total of 90.24 percent.

The highest voter turnout was 98.75 percent in the 2nd precinct, Douglas Hall. Three hundred fifteen of the 319 registered voters went to the polls.

The results from the 4th precinct were somewhat lower, but 640 of the 757 registered voters still cast ballots.

In the 5th precinct, near the Westminister Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Rd., 90.69 percent of the 225 registered voters went to the polls, casting 247 ballots.

Voter turnout in the 6th precinct totalled 86 percent.

The second highest voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was at Lincoln Hall, the 7th precinct, where 242 of the 247 registered voters cast ballots.

The 8th and 9th precincts, near the Research & Training Center, 817 W. Lincoln Hwy. and Grant Towers, respectively, shared similar results, with voter turnouts of 92 and 93 percent.

Bromley Hall, the 13th precinct, had a substantially lower voter turnout, with only 835 of the 1,069 registered voters going to the polls.

However, in the 17th and 18th precincts, 82 and 85 percent of the voters, respectively, went to the polls.

A similar 82.4 percent of registered voters in the 28th precinct, near the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St., cast their ballots.