Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was the city’s highest in any municipal election since 1995, but it still fell far short of predictions.
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Some predicted that voter turnout would top 50 percent, but just 42 percent of the city’s 1.4 million registered voters turned out at the polls Tuesday. Voter turnout was even lower in majority black and majority Latino wards.
Turnout topped 50 percent in just six of the city’s 50 wards–the 13th, 19th and 23rd on the Southwest Side and the 41st, 45th and 47th on the North Side. Gery Chico won four of those six wards.
Fewer than one-third of registered voters cast ballots in 11 wards–all majority black or majority Latino wards. They include the 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th, 31st and 37th. Rahm Emanuel won 10 of those 11 wards.
Here’s a map displaying the voter turnout in each of the city’s 50 wards.
Map created using Maptitude.