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Early voting ends, turnout low among minorities in Cook County suburbs [Illinois]
Medill Reports ^ | 10/28/10 | Alexander Wilson

Posted on 10/28/2010 8:28:35 PM PDT by freespirited

Turnout in polling places in suburban Cook County show that residents in several areas with large minority populations did not vote early.

Numbers released Thursday by the Cook County clerk showed that places like Park Forest and Cicero had lackluster turnout at early voting locations. Park Forest has a minority population of 61 percent, with an African American population of 55 percent. The total population of the suburb is more than 22,000, but as of Wednesday only 747 people had voted.

Cicero has over 26,000 registered voters with 77 percent Hispanic, but as of Wednesday only 921 people had shown up at either of two early voting locations.

By contrast, affluent and white residents turned out for early voting in greater numbers. Orland Park, which has a population that is 87 percent white, was the largest early voting site. More than 5,000 residents voted early there this year.

The trend fits conventional wisdom for the election year, with excitement for the election season coming from older, white voters—a demographic that tends to be conservative.

A total of 72,244 suburban residents voted early this year, according to the Cook County clerk.

Democratic candidates are relying on minority voters this election season to fend off conservative opposition. African-Americans voted at 95 percent for Democrats in 2008 and Hispanics have voted at 2-1 for Democrats.

Several of the voters at the board of elections office on 69 W. Washington St. Thursday were from the suburbs. One voter was an African-American from south suburban Calumet City. She said that she voted straight Democratic.

“I believe in what President Obama’s doing,” the woman, Sylvia Davis said. “I believe in his agenda and I believe if we don’t vote then we’re just turning back the hands of time.”

But the overall low early voter turnout among minorities could signal that Democratic candidates might be in trouble. One political expert, however, said a number of factors could be at play.

David Yepsen, the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, said Thursday “this is something new in Illinois politics so it’s a little difficult to read tea leaves.” The higher turnout among affluent voters could mean those residents have more free time to go to the polls early, he said.

But he also said that Democrats have had a difficult time getting its base as excited this year as they were in 2008.

Yepsen also pointed out that in 2006 Democrats won big in Illinois, a year in which several minority areas did not have early voting polling locations.

Courtney Greve, a spokeswoman for Cook County Clerk David Orr, said that suburbanites were permitted to use any polling location in the suburbs or the board of elections office downtown in Chicago, but polls have shown most people voted close to home.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cookcounty; earlyvoting
The trend fits conventional wisdom for the election year, with excitement for the election season coming from older, white voters—a demographic that tends to be conservative.

The next enemy of the left: old white folks.

1 posted on 10/28/2010 8:28:39 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Sounds like 0bama’s epic fail includes his old communities.


2 posted on 10/28/2010 8:31:03 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists act as though the world is as they wish it to be; conservatives try to improve what exists.)
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To: freespirited

Hey, old white folks are easy to kill, and then they can vote Democrat!


3 posted on 10/28/2010 8:32:38 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists act as though the world is as they wish it to be; conservatives try to improve what exists.)
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To: freespirited

Is possible that more than 22,000 mail in ballots will appear by Tues. evening?


4 posted on 10/28/2010 8:34:26 PM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan eet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: freespirited

I think we all know by the time the polls close everyone in that neighborhood will have voted whether they are above or below the ground.


5 posted on 10/28/2010 8:34:33 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: freespirited

This ain’t Bama in ‘08. No “walkin around money”, no votes.


6 posted on 10/28/2010 8:34:41 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: freespirited

I hope that this is indicative of a national trend.


7 posted on 10/28/2010 8:34:41 PM PDT by no dems (DeMINT / PALIN 2012 or PALIN / DeMINT 2012.......Either is fine with me!)
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To: Post Toasties

...this means nothing!...on Nov 3 thousands and thousands of Dem ‘lost’ votes will be discovered.


8 posted on 10/28/2010 8:34:49 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: freespirited

They aren’t stupid. There is no free stuff for voting early. You get PAID for voting on election day.


9 posted on 10/28/2010 8:34:52 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Post Toasties

I check, every time I vote, to make sure my deceased parents aren’t voting.


10 posted on 10/28/2010 8:36:46 PM PDT by barbarianbabs
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To: freespirited

It doesn’t matter, they all voted anyway. lol


11 posted on 10/28/2010 8:37:07 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: freespirited
The higher turnout among affluent voters could mean those residents have more free time to go to the polls early, he said.

It could also mean that they care more about America than they do sitting around on their fat asses, watching "The View" and Oprah while eating a couple of crates of bon bons.

12 posted on 10/28/2010 8:37:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just another white boy slurping a Slurpee while riding along in the back of the bus.)
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To: freespirited
Hey, Cook County?

(I think the dead in Cook Co. are waiting til Halloween night to rise up to drag-scrape their bones to the voting booths on Tuesday)

13 posted on 10/28/2010 8:37:49 PM PDT by Colofornian
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To: freespirited

No reason to vote in Cook Co.

The fix is in.


14 posted on 10/28/2010 8:37:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: freespirited
The higher turnout among affluent voters could mean those residents have more free time to go to the polls early, he said.

Sure, white affluent voters just sit around all day doing nothing.

15 posted on 10/28/2010 8:38:52 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: IrishCatholic

And probably double the usual with how desperate they’ll be for some legit votes...! LOL


16 posted on 10/28/2010 8:39:41 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: freespirited

They got that covered with his health bill. Elders first hit.


17 posted on 10/28/2010 8:39:54 PM PDT by Soul Seeker ( I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim DeMint)
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To: Post Toasties
Sounds like 0bama’s epic fail includes his old communities.

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MORE THAN A THUMPIN'

The Rats are shovel-ready for the dust bin of history.

Obama and Michelle - Commie Red Devil-3sm
Mr. & Mrs. Liar in chief.

limitations

This ain't going to end well for these Statists

18 posted on 10/28/2010 8:40:10 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: freespirited

The higher turnout among affluent voters could mean those residents have more free time to go to the polls early, he said.”

Uhhh OK, yeah that must be it. Or, it may be more like we know the yutes aren’t too excited and now their most reliable voting bloc is MIA. I think this could get a fair degree uglier for the dims than what the polls are presently indicating.


19 posted on 10/28/2010 8:40:58 PM PDT by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: Post Toasties

Nevada has lots of rural residents.

The lines were out the door & down the block in Carson City on the first day of early voting. I haven’t heard the numbers so far- but it ends tomorrow night.

I know there were alot of voters.


20 posted on 10/28/2010 8:43:56 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: STONEWALLS

Votes will magically appear where they are needed to tip the balance in close elections.

I’m sure the Democrats have armies of lawyers lined up for election day and days after. They will see where they lost by narrow margins on election day, review recount and lawsuit procedures, and go to work.

Election Day could be just the beginning. Especially if there are numerous House races too close to call, and if Republicans don’t have a majority in the House clinched on election night without knowing the outcome of these close races. We could see two dozen or more recounts around the country at once. All could devolve into circuses, as we saw in Florida in 2000 and in the Al Franken recount in 2008.


21 posted on 10/28/2010 8:46:04 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: freespirited

Caller to Rush’s show today said that Cook County didn’t mail out the military ballots!!. The Lefties, however, hand-delivered 2,600 ballots to prisoners who are not allowed to vote per their State Constitution.


22 posted on 10/28/2010 8:48:39 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (YEAH, I ALREADY VOTED TO CLEAN THE SEWER!!!)
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To: lasereye; Mad_as_heck
2012 ticket 90% of the blacks would go nuts and vote GOP out of spite or stay home.

Not a single black that didn’t vote in ‘04 will vote in ‘12 if Zero isn’t on the ticket.

Pro: Clinton’s the only Democrat who can win in 2012

Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:26:25 PM · 18 of 21 lasereye to txhurl :

What are you smoking?

What are you smoking? --------- Told ya.

23 posted on 10/28/2010 8:49:54 PM PDT by txhurl (If we can shake Congress like a can of pennies, we can uproot voter fraud like a D-9.)
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To: Post Toasties

“Sounds like 0bama’s epic fail includes his old communities.”

Obama didn’t pay any mortgages, or come up with free gas for his worshippers.


24 posted on 10/28/2010 8:50:43 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: freespirited

Hope and Chains.


25 posted on 10/28/2010 8:54:31 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: freespirited
“I believe in what President Obama’s doing,” the woman, Sylvia Davis said. “I believe in his agenda and I believe if we don’t vote then we’re just turning back the hands of time.”

Spoken like a true brain-dead OblahMao sheeple.

26 posted on 10/28/2010 8:56:53 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: freespirited
“I believe in his agenda and I believe if we don’t vote then we’re just turning back the hands of time.”

Fortunately this dingbat isn't typical. She's parroting exactly the "turning back the clock" focus group soundbite that the man-child has been putting out every chance he gets. The implication is that "turning back the clock" means turning back the clock to slavery and Jim Crow, and it's sickening that the media lets man-child get away with this disgraceful slur.

Fortunately it appears from this story that most minority voters are voting with their feet, or rather not voting. The implied statement in staying away from the polls is that we don't believe that letting the Republicans run the country means the return of slavery, and this is a welcome realization.

27 posted on 10/28/2010 8:57:08 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." Thomas Mann)
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To: txhurl

I think that Clinton is damaged goods too. Obama got the nomination in parts as a repudiation of the Clintons by the Democrat base. This country does not want business as usual, not even the libs.

I agree that without Obama on the ticket the black vote will evaporate in rage. And he won’t go quietly.


28 posted on 10/28/2010 9:02:53 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: freespirited

That’s all very interesting but what I’d like to know is what’s the turnout rate among the cemeteries - probably up around 9,000% or whatever is needed.


29 posted on 10/28/2010 9:04:15 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: freespirited

“The next enemy of the left: old white folks.”

Next? Who do you think the ObamaCare money was taken from? I thought that was publicized when they were asked how they’d pay for it (cuts in Medicare).

The left will euthanize/neglect the elderly to free the next generation (and Social Security, Medicare) from the cost of their care (and re-distribute it to the perpetually government-dependent); when the Kenyan Pirate talked about the costs of caring for a person in the last few months of their life (which is what started the whole “death panel” row), this is exactly what he was talking about.

I’d hope there are enough retirees still voting to make them eat their words; they are in the crosshairs of the Democrats (after a comment like that, who really wants old people to die?).


30 posted on 10/28/2010 9:04:25 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: freespirited
David Yepsen, the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, said Thursday “this is something new in Illinois politics so it’s a little difficult to read tea leaves.”

Interesting choice of words.

31 posted on 10/28/2010 9:04:57 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: BobP

0bama sure is an ugly f***, isn’t he?


32 posted on 10/28/2010 9:06:18 PM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: freespirited

Why should they? Their votes have already been arranged by the “Democrats”, whether they approve or not.


33 posted on 10/28/2010 9:08:26 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, what are you hiding? Release your Birth Certificate!)
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To: freespirited

How about the dead?


34 posted on 10/28/2010 9:08:59 PM PDT by politicalmerc (I can see November from my house; can you?)
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To: tflabo
I believe in what President Obama’s doing,” the woman, Sylvia Davis said. “I believe in his agenda and I believe if we don’t vote then we’re just turning back the hands of time.”

Name one thing on O's agenda, Sylvia, much less one thing you agree with. You say you agree with it, but I bet you can't tell anyone what it is.

35 posted on 10/28/2010 9:11:34 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (TEANAMI INCOMING! Jump in or get out of the way)
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To: freespirited

Once again, black voters have been disenfranchised. /s


36 posted on 10/28/2010 9:14:23 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: freespirited

“The higher turnout among affluent voters could mean those residents have more free time to go to the polls early, he said.”

Dream on, Yepsen. The white middle class Cook County voter is mad as hell and not going to take in anymore....


37 posted on 10/28/2010 9:26:46 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: BobP


This is the original photoshop, pass it around! (permission free)
38 posted on 10/28/2010 9:30:38 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: IrishCatholic

“There is no free stuff for voting early. You get PAID for voting on election day”

Exactly! Guaranteed that the union contracts all have this paid time in their contracts. At least it was in every SEIU contract I came in contact with.


39 posted on 10/28/2010 10:58:42 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: freespirited
I'm starting to get a tingle up my leg. I'm thinking this is the beginning of a devastating trend for the Dems this election cycle.

And as far as old white folks, they became the enemy as soon as Obama took office. ObamaCare is the mechanism that would reduce elderly longevity.

40 posted on 10/28/2010 11:36:38 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: ebersole
“There is no free stuff for voting early. You get PAID for voting on election day”

Not only do you get free stuff for going to vote on election day, you get a day off WITH PAY as well. It's a boondoggle.

41 posted on 10/29/2010 5:58:45 AM PDT by randita (Visit keyhouseraces.com to find GOP House candidates who need your support to knock off a DEM.)
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To: freespirited

Low counts? Isn’t that why they are called “minorities”?


42 posted on 10/29/2010 6:33:38 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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