- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Parts of Illinois reported a slow start to early voting, but Cook County’s suburbs saw an uptick.

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office said Tuesday that 2,354 people cast ballots Monday, the start of early voting for March 18’s primary. In 2010’s primary, nearly 1,300 suburbanites cast first day ballots. In 2012, it was roughly 2,100.

Orr’s office covers over 120 municipalities excluding Chicago. The region has previously reported a higher turnout than Illinois’ average.

About 8 percent of Illinois voters cast early ballots in 2010 and 2012 primaries. In suburban Cook, 9.5 percent voted early in 2010. More than 11 percent did in 2012.

Orr’s office says availability of suburban early voting sites might explain the turnout. There are 43. Chicago has 51.

Early voting ends March 15.