1962 Illinois elections

← 1960 November 6, 1962 1964 →
Turnout74.67%

Elections were held in Illinois on Tuesday, November 6, 1962.[1]

Primaries were held April 10, 1962.[1][2]

Election information

1962 was a midterm election year in the United States.

Turnout

In the primary election, turnout was 38.76% with 2,109,975 ballots cast (1,171,443 Democratic and 938,532 Republican).[1][2][3]

In the general election, turnout was 74.67% with 3,812,120 ballots cast.[1][3][4]

Federal elections

United States Senate

Main article: 1962 United States Senate election in Illinois

See also: 1962 United States Senate elections

Incumbent Republican Everett M. Dirksen won reelection to a third term

United States House

Main article: 1962 United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois

See also: 1962 United States House of Representatives elections

Illinois had redistricted. It had lost one congressional seat as a result of reapportionment following the 1960 United States Census. The remaining 24 Illinois seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 1962.

Before the election, Illinois had 14 Democratic seats and 11 Republican seats. In 1962, 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans were elected in Illinois.

State elections

Treasurer

1962 Illinois State Treasurer election

← 1958 November 6, 1962 1966 →
Turnout70.67%[1][3]
 
Nominee William J. Scott Francis S. Lorenz
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,831,925 1,776,090
Percentage 50.77% 49.23%

Treasurer before election

Francis S. Lorenz
Democratic

Elected Treasurer

William J. Scott
Republican

Incumbent Treasurer Francis S. Lorenz, a Democrat appointed in 1961, lost reelection to Republican William J. Scott.

Democratic primary

Treasurer Democratic primary[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Francis S. Lorenz (incumbent) 836,185 100
Write-in Others 1 0.00
Total votes 836,186 100

Republican primary

Treasurer Republican primary[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William J. Scott 335,095 42.30
Republican Walter J. Reum 302,718 38.21
Republican Maurice W. Coburn 154,449 19.50
Total votes 792,262 100

General election

Treasurer election[1][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William J. Scott 1,831,925 50.77
Democratic Francis S. Lorenz (incumbent) 1,776,090 49.23
Total votes 3,608,015 100

Superintendent of Public Instruction

1962 Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction election

← 1958 November 6, 1962 1966 →
Turnout70.25%[1][3]
 
Nominee Ray Page George T. Wilkins
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,812,671 1,773,758
Percentage 50.54% 49.46%

Superintendent before election

George T. Wilkins
Democratic

Elected Superintendent

Ray Page
Republican

Incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction George T. Wilkins, a Democrat seeking a second term, was defeated by Republican Ray Page.

Democratic primary

Superintendent of Public Instruction Democratic primary[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George T. Wilkins (incumbent) 722,759 100
Write-in Others 2 0.0
Total votes 722,761 100

Republican primary

Superintendent of Public Instruction Republican primary[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ray Page 466,195 61.12
Republican Louis Bottino 296,594 38.88
Write-in Others 3 0.00
Total votes 762,792 100

General election

Superintendent of Public Instruction election[1][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ray Page 1,812,671 50.54
Democratic George T. Wilkins (incumbent) 1,773,758 49.46
Total votes 3,586,429 100

Clerk of the Supreme Court

1962 Clerk of the Supreme Court election

← 1956 November 6, 1962 1968 →
Turnout69.84%[1][3]
 
Nominee Fae Searcy James P. Alexander
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,824,126 1,741,010
Percentage 51.17% 48.83%

Clerk before election

Fae Searcy
Republican

Elected Clerk

Fae Searcy
Republican

Incumbent Clerk of the Supreme Court Fae Searcy, a Republican, won reelection to a second full term.

Instead of being listed by her own name, Searcy opted to be listed on the ballot in both the primary and general election as "Ms. Earle Benjamin Searcy".[1][2][4]

Democratic primary

Clerk of the Supreme Court Democratic primary[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James P. Alexander 811,361 100
Write-in Others 1 0.00
Total votes 811,361 100

Republican primary

Clerk of the Supreme Court Republican primary[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fae Searcy (incumbent) 709,069
Write-in Others 3 0.00
Total votes 709,072 100

General election

Clerk of the Supreme Court election[1][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fae Searcy (incumbent) 1,824,126 51.17
Democratic James P. Alexander 1,741,010 48.83
Total votes 3,565,136 100

State Senate

Seats in the Illinois Senate were up for election in 1962. Republicans retained control of the chamber.

State House of Representatives

Seats in the Illinois House of Representatives were up for election in 1962. Republicans retained control of the chamber.

Trustees of University of Illinois

1962 Trustees of University of Illinois election
← 1960 November 6, 1962 1964 →

An election was held for three of nine seats for Trustees of University of Illinois.

The election saw the reelection of incumbent second-term Republican Wayne A. Johnston, first-term Republican Earl M. Hughes, and fellow Republican Timothy W. Swain (who had been appointed in 1955, and elected to his first full term in 1956).[5][4]

Trustees of the University of Illinois election[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne A. Johnston (incumbent) 1,842,328 17.38
Republican Earl W. Hughes (incumbent) 1,833,387 17.30
Republican Timothy W. Swain (incumbent) 1,824,359 17.21
Democratic Richard J. Nelson 1,705,884 16.09
Democratic John T. Coburn 1,699,054 16.03
Democratic Ivan A. Elliott Jr. 1,694,194 15.98
Write-in Audrey Peak 14 0.00
Write-in Others 3 0.00
Total votes 10,599,223 100

Judicial elections

1962 Illinois judicial elections
← 1961 April 10, 1962 1963 →

Special judicial elections were held April 10 to fill vacancies. Additionally, the Superior Court of Cook County held elections on November 6.[1]

Supreme Court

Third Supreme Court Judicial District (vacancy caused by the death of George W. Bristow)
Third Supreme Court Judicial District (vacancy caused by the death of George W. Bristow)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert C. Underwood 117,600 57.94
Democratic Robert Zachariah Hickman 79,011 38.93
Others Others 6,363 0.03
Total votes 202,975 100

Lower courts

Elections were held to fill seven vacancies on the Superior Court of Cook County. Democratic nominees defeated their Republican opponents in all seven elections.[4] The Superior Court of Cook County also held regularly-scheduled elections on November 6.[1]

Ballot measures

Two ballot measures were put before voters in 1962. One was a legislatively referred state statute and one was a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.[1]

In order to be approved, legislatively referred state statues required the support of a majority of those voting on the statute.[1] In order to be placed on the ballot, proposed legislatively referred constitutional amendments needed to be approved by two-thirds of each house of the Illinois General Assembly.[6] In order to be approved, they required approval of either two-thirds of those voting on the amendment itself or a majority of all ballots cast in the general elections.[1]

General Banking Law Amendment

The General Banking Law Amendment was approved by voters as a legislatively referred state statute. It made modified the state's banking law.[7]

Illinois General Banking Law Amendment[1][3][4][7]
Candidate Votes %
Yes 1,321,405 60.16
No 875,212 39.84
Total votes 2,196,617 100
Voter turnout 43.03%

Judicial Article Amendment

Voters approved the Judicial Article Amendment, which amended Article VI of the 1870 Constitution of Illinois.[4]

In order for constitutional amendments to be passed by voters, they required either two-thirds support among those specifically voting on the measure or 50% support among all ballots cast in the elections.[8][9]

Judicial Article Amendment[1][3][4]
Option Votes % of votes

on measure

% of all ballots
cast
Yes 2,166,917 65.90 56.84
No 1,121,237 34.10 29.41
Total votes 3,288,154 100 86.26
Voter turnout 64.41%

Local elections

Local elections were held.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "OFFICIAL VOTE of the STATE OF ILLINOIS Cast at the GENERAL ELECTION, NOVEMBER 6, 1960 JUDICIAL ELECTION, 1961–1962 • PRIMARY ELECTION GENERAL PRIMARY, APRIL, 10, 1962" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Illinois Blue Book 1961-1962. Illinois Secretary of State. p. 911, 961-962.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "OFFICIAL VOTE Cast at the GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 4, 1986" (PDF). www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 10 April 2020.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Illinois Blue Book 1963-1964". www.idaillinois.org. Illinois Secretary of State. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Trustees, University of Illinois Board of Trustees" (PDF). University of Illinois. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  6. ^ Illinois Constitution of 1870 ARTICLE XIV Section 2
  7. ^ a b "Illinois General Banking Law Amendment (1962)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  8. ^ 1870 Illinois Constituton Article XIV
  9. ^ "Illinois Re-election of County Officers Amendment (1952)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 1 April 2020.