2020 PRIMARY: COVID-19 Has Huge Effect on March Primary Voter Turnout

2020 PRIMARY: COVID-19 Has Huge Effect on March Primary Voter Turnout


The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop people from voting Tuesday, but it did have a huge effect on voter turnout.

Preliminary numbers from the Kane County Clerk’s Office indicate the March 17, 2020, voter turnout was way down compared to the percentages in the presidential primary of 2016.

Back on March 15, 2016, about 41.27% of Kane County voters showed up at the polls, according to statistics on the Kane County Clerk’s Office website.

Yesterday (Tuesday, March 17, 2020), the voter turnout was 24.55%.

It’s important to note that the 2020 numbers are unofficial totals and that there are still vote-by-mail ballots to count.

The good news, perhaps, is that the number of registered voters has increased significantly over four years. Kane County had 230,189 registered voters in 2016; the county now tallies 305,471.

According to the Clerk’s Office, significantly more Democrats than Republicans voted on Tuesday.

There were 50,456 Democratic ballots of the 305,471 total, about 16.52%. Republicans cast 23,959 ballots, or about 7.84% of the total number of registered voters.

Voter Turnout March 2020

74,978 of 305,471 = 24.55%

Democratic Turnout

50,456 of 305,471 = 16.52%

Republican Turnout

23,959 of 305,471 = 7.84%

Voter Turnout March 2016


Kane County Clerk’s Office officials said this morning that the voting in Kane County was going very well considering that it’s taking place in the middle of a pandemic.

Polls are open until 7 p.m., according to the Kane County Clerk’s Office website.



The “new normal” in the days of COVID-19 made for a surreal election day experience as I went to vote this morning.

I vote at the Chesapeake Commons polling place on the east side of Geneva, and on a typical election day — especially in a presidential election year, we would see cars parked around the corner and lines inside the building.

Today, there were two cars parked in front of the building. Outside, there was a totem with an array of sand sanitizer dispensers.

What doesn’t change, for me, is the joy of voting and participating in the what I consider to be, with all its faults, the greatest democracy in the history of the world.

Election Night Results

For the most complete and up-to-date information on election night (Tuesday, March 17, 2020), visit the Election Results Page of the Kane County Clerk’s Office website.

Bookmark these links for election results totals for contested races and local referendums.

Federal Offices Results

State Offices Results

Kane County Offices Results

Kane County Referendum Results

Local Media Sites

Surrounding Election Jurisdictions

Voting Information on Kane County Website