More Illinois Voters Took A Pass On Presidential Race

December 30, 2016
A chart showing voters skipping the presidential election.

Illinois and Iowa had the biggest increase in voters skipping the presidential race since 2008.

IL Campaign for Political Reform.

While Hillary Clinton won the presidential race in the State of Illinois, a lot of voters chose "none of the above."  

Nearly 130-thousand voters skipped the presidential category on the ballot, leaving that blank.  That's more than three times the number who sat out the presidential race 4 years earlier.   

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform compiled the numbers.  But the group can't point to one specific reason why so many voters avoided making a choice this time.   

And it wasn't just Illinois.  Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota voters also saw an increase in voters staying away from casting a ballot for president.    

Missouri, Wisconsin and Kentucky all had more people vote in the presidential race compared to 4 years ago.   

Clinton won Illinois, but a county by county breakdown shows she only won 11 of the state's 102 counties.

Overall, the total number of ballots cast was higher than four years ago. 

Story source: Illinois Public Radio