No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s election, voters in Proviso township have already made history. 

Across the township, 96,611 people were registered to vote for the November 2018 election, up 13.49 percent from the last midterm vote in November 2014, according to data from the Cook County Clerk’s Office. 

In a statement, Cook County Clerk David Orr said the number of registered voters broke records in his office. Across suburban Cook County, mail ballot applications increased by 20,000 from 2014 and, as of Nov. 4, nearly 72,000 had been returned by voters, also a new record. Early voting turnout was up 86.3 percent from the 2014 gubernatorial election. 

“The ever-growing popularity of pre-election day voting, combined with some hot races throughout the ballot have shattered previous records for gubernatorial elections,” Orr said in a statement. 

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