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Massive Decrease in Early and Absentee Voting—in Chicago
Weekly Standard ^ | November 3, 2012 | By DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 11/04/2012 2:55:50 PM PST by COUNTrecount

The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election.

According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.

This, the Illinois Republican party says, is a terrible sign for Democrats.

"Chicago is the heart and soul of the Democratic Party," says Illinois Republican party chair Pat Brady. "You can't get much more solid blue than Chicago and of course it's the President's home base - literally. If voter participation in the President's home base is down 57% from four years ago, the President is in serous trouble nationally."

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But the numbers provided by the state's Republican party are different than what's appearing in the local papers.

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois
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1 posted on 11/04/2012 2:55:50 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Oh no! The Pied-Piper of Socialism might lose!

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/unemployment-rate-rises-to-7-9/


2 posted on 11/04/2012 2:58:47 PM PST by whitedog57
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To: COUNTrecount

Ann Coulter’s been saying for weeks that IL is in play.


3 posted on 11/04/2012 2:58:50 PM PST by randita
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To: COUNTrecount

I guess those black people mean business when they said they aren’t voting for him this year. It doesn’t mean they will vote for Mitt - but, one can hope.


4 posted on 11/04/2012 3:00:29 PM PST by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: COUNTrecount

Another very encouraging sign today.


5 posted on 11/04/2012 3:00:37 PM PST by conservativepoet
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To: COUNTrecount

There was some polling back in August that suggested a weak turnout in Chicago could be offset by the rest of the state. IL would be a cherry on top.


6 posted on 11/04/2012 3:02:34 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (I advocate indentured servitude for the 47% until the national debt is eliminated.)
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To: randita

Ann Coulter also said McCain was gonna win in 2008 a few days before the election.

I think the Chicago drop in Dem voters is interesting and does show lack of interest in Obama this time around but, I don’t think Ill is in play.


7 posted on 11/04/2012 3:02:37 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: snarkytart

The drop is evidence that the massive Democrat turn out they anticipoate will not materialize. Democrat early voting is down across the board. Not just Illinois.


8 posted on 11/04/2012 3:06:33 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Yes this is true and good news. It’s all about who gets out the vote on Tuesday. Can the dems make up for their decrease in early voting? Will pubbies out perform the dems on election day to make it a +R year?

It’s gonna be interesting to see how this all unfolds.


9 posted on 11/04/2012 3:09:25 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: COUNTrecount

Note that these figures are disputed by the officials, saying that Chicago is at 220,000 and despite a shorter early vote period by 4 days will beat 2012 projections. Just sayin, look at the article that accompanies this article


10 posted on 11/04/2012 3:10:53 PM PST by LS
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To: snarkytart

I am sure everyone on this board is amazed you would think that. Let me say I think it does matter when put this fact into context with all the early voter data availible from iOhio, CO,FL,PA and now IL. The trend is Romneys friend.

Now you can respond with your standard this means nothing retort.


11 posted on 11/04/2012 3:12:41 PM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: COUNTrecount

Illinois isn’t in play but conservative DuPage County in the western suburbs went to Obama last election, which was stunning. If Obama gets 35 percent in DuPage this election I will be shocked. I know signs aren’t votes but it’s 20-1 Romney in signs this time around.


12 posted on 11/04/2012 3:12:42 PM PST by cdga5for4
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To: COUNTrecount; SeekAndFind; LS; Perdogg; napscoordinator; God luvs America; nutmeg; SoFloFreeper; ...

Poll ping.


13 posted on 11/04/2012 3:14:30 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Illinois isn’t in play but conservative DuPage County in the western suburbs went to Obama last election, which was stunning. If Obama gets 35 percent in DuPage this election I will be shocked. I know signs aren’t votes but it’s 20-1 Romney in signs this time around.


14 posted on 11/04/2012 3:17:54 PM PST by cdga5for4
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To: COUNTrecount

Chemo did not totally kick me in the ass this week so I went and early voted. Took about an hour in west suburb location.


15 posted on 11/04/2012 3:22:14 PM PST by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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I’ve been publicly stating for about 2 months that this year ILL-Annoy will fall. Everybody and their mothers call me absolutely crazy. I even have monetary bets with a couple friends on this.

If I am proven right, then races like Ohio, and Wisconsin don’t matter (though I’m 80% certain on Ohio, and 70% certain on Wisconsin that they will also not vote to re-elect Emperor Nero Kardashian Narcissus.)


16 posted on 11/04/2012 3:24:10 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Petruchio

Bucking chemo side effect to get out and vote. That’s hardcore. Best of wishes with your treatment.


17 posted on 11/04/2012 3:28:47 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: LS

Did you read the next paragraph? It explains that the Chicago Board of Elections is reporting Early Voting and absentee voting *combined* and comparing that to 2008’s early voting numbers (excluding absentee). If you look at EV and AB separately it shows a big dropoff from 2008. Also in 2008 they did not have vote-by-mail as they do now. That should boost early voting but instead it has gone down.


18 posted on 11/04/2012 3:29:12 PM PST by Mitt Romney (Clear Eyes...Full Hearts...Can't Lose)
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To: snarkytart
I think the Chicago drop in Dem voters is interesting and does show lack of interest in Obama this time around but, I don’t think Ill is in play.

I don't think IL is in play either, but I do think however that as many of those absentee votes as are needed for him to "win" will show up in time to tip the final balance.

19 posted on 11/04/2012 3:33:56 PM PST by null and void (Day 1384 of the Obama hostage crisis - Barack Hussein Obama an enemy BOTH foreign AND domestic)
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To: COUNTrecount
"...there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election."

Sounds like True the Vote has done yoeman's work.

20 posted on 11/04/2012 3:36:01 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: snarkytart

“.....I think the Chicago drop in Dem voters is interesting and does show lack of interest in Obama this time around but, I don’t think Ill is in play.
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I agree that Illinois is not in play at the presidential level. However, if this huge drop-off in interest by the Democrat voters is replicated (even to a lesser degree) elsewhere in Illinois, the Illinois Democrats’ plans to gerrymander more Democrat US Congress critters into office is in trouble. And THAT would be good news indeed.


21 posted on 11/04/2012 3:49:49 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: COUNTrecount

Here is a map of how Illinois voted in 2010:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/11/illinois_not_as_blue_as_you_th.html

As you can see, most of the state is red, but we can’t out vote Cook County. If votes are way down in Cook, Illinois just might be in play!


22 posted on 11/04/2012 3:50:23 PM PST by vickixxxx
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To: snarkytart

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/04/pew-romney-holds-turnout-edge-ahead-of-vote


23 posted on 11/04/2012 4:06:33 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: vickixxxx
As you can see, most of the state is red, but we can’t out vote Cook County. If votes are way down in Cook, Illinois just might be in play!

Where ambitious prayers of petition are concerned, asking for Illinois to flip is probably a bridge too far. But if that were to actually occur, all the videos of the thunderstruck mediots would keep me smiling for years.

Perhaps General Patton's "weather prayer" might successfully be adapted:

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Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.

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I'm no wordsmith... anyone else want to take a crack at it?

24 posted on 11/04/2012 4:21:07 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Nice!


25 posted on 11/04/2012 4:24:07 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: trappedincanuckistan

I wonder why PEW over sampled dems by +6 if they concede Romney has edge in turn out!


26 posted on 11/04/2012 4:25:50 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: snarkytart

It’s contradictory, and I think that’s what has a lot of analysts looking at these polls and saying who hold on a minute.


27 posted on 11/04/2012 4:33:42 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Catsrus

Those people aren’t too thrilled that the Obamas get to call a $40 million,10-star estate in Hawaii home while the rest of his people languish in their crumbling Chicago projects.


28 posted on 11/04/2012 4:37:33 PM PST by IM2MAD (IM2MAD=Individual Motivated 2 Make A Difference)
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To: COUNTrecount

Maybe Joe Walsh gets back in!?!?!?!?!


29 posted on 11/04/2012 4:42:55 PM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: whitedog57

They’re probably taking a play from the Seattle playbook, where they have a history of “losing” boxes and boxes of ballots until Tuesday night and they can determine what’s needed to push them over the line.


30 posted on 11/04/2012 4:46:35 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Charles Martel

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Even though YOU have always been there.
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Pray, contribute, encourage, BELIEVE, and then vote to make belief—reality. IT WILL COME.

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31 posted on 11/04/2012 5:00:29 PM PST by Clay+Iron_Times (Psalms 118:9)
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To: snarkytart
I wonder why PEW over sampled dems by +6 if they concede Romney has edge in turn out!

PEW is a bunch of Dems, and for Dems, math is hard.

32 posted on 11/04/2012 5:29:06 PM PST by kevao (Hey, Obama: The 1930s called, they want their economic policy back.)
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To: randita

While Ann is an extraordinarily hot 50 yr old woman, she is delusional if she thinks IL is in play.

That said, I was able to waltz in and vote at the 45th ward (NW side, 16th district station) at 9am last week and was the first (& only) person in line. Granted, the 45th ward of Chicago is the only part of the city which is 50/50 R/D. But there is little, if any, enthusiasm in this part of Chicago for the Kenyan messiah this election cycle.


33 posted on 11/04/2012 5:35:04 PM PST by RugerMini14
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To: COUNTrecount

I wonder if this is related to the fact that there are MANY more Republican election judges at the polling places. Remember the call a few weeks ago for applicants for those spots?


34 posted on 11/05/2012 3:59:34 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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