Turnout ‘very low’ across Evanston for municipal elections

Marshall Cohen, Managing Editor

With few competitive races, voter turnout was light today for Evanston’s municipal elections.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and six of nine aldermen are running unopposed. The race for 1st Ward alderman, a hotly contested match-up between incumbent Judy Fiske and challenger Edward Tivador, has received the most attention on the Northwestern campus so far.

“There has been a very low count so far,” city clerk Rodney Greene said. “They’ve been low across the city.”

More than 60 votes had been cast at Parkes Hall as of 5 p.m., according to poll workers. Only seven people voted at Patten Gymnasium by 10 a.m., Greene said.

In the 2009 municipal election, 1,064 ballots were cast in the 1st Ward race, which Fiske won with 62 percent of the vote.

— Marshall Cohen