In an effort to determine how we can get make any changes to the problem of increasing real estate taxes, we analyzed our current voting statistics versus the number of Lake County residents. From the statistics provided by the Lake County Board of Election’s website, we create the following worksheet:
Lake County Voters 11-7-17
The statistics show that there were 84,668 registered voters for the 11/7/17 general election. That represents approximately 36% of the population of 235,149 Lake County residents.
Age Group # of Voters % of Total Registered
60 years of age and older 40,361 47.67%
50-59 years old 16,529 19.52%
40-49 years old 10,993 12.98%
Less than 40 years old 16,785 19.82%
Total 84,668 100.00%
Number of People that Voted on 11/7/17 General Election:
Age Groups # of Voters % of Registered Voters
60 years of age and older 32,483 80%
50-59 years of age 11,334 69%
40-49 years of age 6,533 59%
Less than 40 years of age 6,242 37%
Total 56,592 66%
% of total Lake County residents that voted – 24% (56,592 / 235,149)
- With only ~36% of the Lake County residents registered to vote, we need a concerted effort to register more voters. There is potentially another ~71,000 seniors that could be registered. ((235,149 – 84,668) x 47.67%)
- Although there was a 66% turnout of total registered voters, 80% of those 60 years and older, and 69% in the 50-59 age bracket, we need to somehow make those age groups aware of the importance of voting on real estate tax levies.
- With 67% of registered voters 50 years of age and older, there is no issue in Lake County that should be passed without the overwhelming support of that voting bloc.
We welcome your input on what can be done to reach Lake County residents.