URBANA — More than 3,000 Champaign County voters already had voted before Election Day under Illinois' absentee- and early-voting laws.
Republican votes cast outnumber Democrats more than 2-to-1 so far, according to Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, who compiled the numbers Monday evening at the close of absentee voting.
The 3,000-plus votes cast so far make up close to 8 percent of the 40,000 votes Hulten said he expects to be cast in Champaign County for the primary election.
Four years ago there were 39,156 votes cast at the primary election.
"I think it's reasonable to expect that the final numbers will be about equal to what we had four years ago," Hulten said.
So far, said Hulten, 2,055 Republican ballots have been counted, along with 995 Democratic ballots and 32 nonpartisan ballots.
The numbers are a reversal from the 2008 primary election in Champaign County when there were 1,590 Democratic ballots returned and counted before Election Day and 1,004 Republican ballots.
Early voting numbers were about average in other area election subdivisions. The Danville Election Commission reported a total 527 absentee and early voters as of late Monday afternoon; a breakdown by party was not available. The Vermilion County clerk's office reported 263 Republican votes and 134 Democratic votes.
The Piatt County clerk's office said 218 Republican and 25 Democratic votes had been cast as of late Monday afternoon.