The people who run elections in Illinois say almost 7.3 million people are registered to vote in the primary election March 20. The number – 7,282,639 – is down from the 7.6 million registered for the last primary, in February 2010.
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The total registered does not necessarily predict the turnout. The turnout was 71 percent in the general election in November 2008, and 41 percent in that year’s primary.