Unlike many communities across the country, Forest Park’s presidential election voter turnout was lower this year than it was four years ago.
On Nov. 9, the Cook County Clerk’s Office released election results by precinct and, predictably, the majority of presidential votes in all 11 of Forest Park’s precincts went to the Biden-Harris slate.
Although there were more registered voters in 2020 (10,878 vs. 9,402 in 2016), the percentage of those who actually cast ballots was lower this year than four years ago (62.9 percent vs. 77.4 percent in 2016).
Also different is that this year, a slightly higher percentage of overall votes from Forest Park residents went to Trump.
In 2020, a total of 6,791 votes were cast in the presidential race. Of those, 1,073 or 15.8 percent went to Trump.
In 2016, a total of 7,127 votes were cast for president. Of those, 1,033 or 14.5 percent went to Trump.