Primary voter turnout near record lows

As expected, Tuesday’s primary election voter turnout across Cook County was at or near record lows.

Barely 13 percent of eligible voters in Chicago bothered to cast ballots; voter apathy was driven by a lack of contested high-profile races.

In the suburbs, the turnout was only slightly better — around 15 percent.

More Republicans than Democrats cast ballots in the suburbs, because the Republican ballot for governor featured the close race between Bruce Rauner and Kirk Dillard.

On non-binding ballot issues, voters in Chicago supported limits on the capacity of gun magazines and a prohibition on guns in restaurants that serve alcohol.

Voters opposed an increase in taxi fares.

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