Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chi Town News: Low turnout for Obama in Chicago's black wards

This surprized me... a bit,
Alderman Emma Mitts worked hard in the days before the presidential election to ensure that citizens in her West Side ward would take advantage of the opportunity to vote for the country's first black president.

She encouraged constituents to participate in early voting, and pushed a ride-sharing program to make sure transportation difficulties didn't keep people from casting their ballot.

Even so, turnout in her majority black ward was lower than the city average, and less than during the 2004 presidential election. Her ward is not unique.

Despite the popular perception that Sen. Barack Obama won the presidency on a tidal wave of enthusiasm in the African-American community, turnout in Chicago's majority black wards was lower than in other wards, according to a Daily News analysis of voting data.
The Prez may want to stop by Pulaski and Madison and tell all what's going to Change.

xp Illinoize

1 comment:

Levois said...

Perhaps he needed to come back home and really shore up black communities in the city. Or perhaps he knew he got it in the bag enough to not have to worry about turnouts in black wards.