Primary voter turnout near record lows

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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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