David Orr

Illinois has highest number of registered voters since 1970

Illinois has highest number of registered voters since 1970

The number of registered active voters in Illinois ahead of next month's election is at its highest since 1970, even edging past the number from 2008 when Barack Obama, then a U.S. senator from the state, ran for president, officials with the state Board of Elections said Tuesday.

The increased numbers come amid an unprecedented campaign season in which Democrat Hillary Clinton, the first female major party candidate for president, has squared off against Republican billionaire Donald Trump.

There are nearly 7.99 million registered active voters and 758,000 inactive voters in Illinois as of Tuesday morning, state board of election spokesman Jim Tenuto said. That's more than...

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