I was the ninth voter at my polling place (Mitchell/Johnson district) around 7:15 a.m. Terrible turnout at that point but it looked like more folks were showing up when I was leaving. Preckwinkle had folks outside (for Mitchell) but I didn’t see anyone else.
Was the 3rd voter in my precinct in the 42nd ward around 6:30 or 6:45 this morning.
Despite my being in the contested 5th senate district, the only folks outside passing out lit at that hour was a sister of a candidate in one of judicial subcircuits and somebody supporting Tom Smithburg for Republican committeeman.
I am still trying to decide who to vote for. I recieved a total of ten robo calls from yesterday afternoon till bedtime last night.If I go for who called the most Rick is the winner. If I go for who had the longest message it would be the Mitt. I think I will go for who made the most sense and write myself in!!
Has anyone seen any presidential yard signs? I’ve been out and about in DuPage County and haven’t seen a single one. (I’m sure Romney’s 21-1 television ad blitz will be very effective, but it isn’t very satisfying.)
We were told that candidate yard signs are comepletely illegal at all polling places, even if they are well beyond 1,000 feet of the polling place. As you know, this is NOT the case (1st amendment, state statute, yadda yadda).
The bad thing is the person who said that was the Rock Island County Clerk, I think. At least they are applying that rule uniformly, even if it doesn’t jive with the law.
In the deep South (Murphysboro) full house at 7:45am in my local precinct that votes at a baptist church. The election worker that gave me my ballot accidentally gave me two ballots. Plummer yard signs everywhere as you pull close to the polling place.
Rocky, I called the Rock Island County Clerks office and they said that signs are fine as long as they at the distance set by law. They had numerous complaints about them being on the property of the polling place or on the adjacent property but very close to the entrance.
- The old professor - Tuesday, Mar 20, 12 @ 8:28 am:
I live in an Urbana precinct that went 86% for Obama and I’ve never voted in a Republican primary and I got three robocalls for Romney. (I voted early a couple of weeks ago.)
I was the 41st in my polling place. Interesting though…was told twice by the judge to cover my ballot because it’s “legally required”. Um, am I missing something? I understand the Australian ballot concept…but that’s to protect my right to vote in secret. Someone please tell me where this law is found that requires me to cover my ballot.
Interestingly enough not a single candidate or volunteer was at the Highland Park Metra station at 7am. Makes you wonder exactly how many volunteers the IL-10 campaigns have if they can’t cover a vote rich train station like Highland Park?
A lady freaking out in Niles Twnsp when the paper ballot machine was having problems and she was told to use a touch screen, then proceeded to try and take over the machine that I was using, then yelled at the poll workers at 6:55 in the morning. Calm down folks.
Also, can we get a new sample ballot? Not sure how Bobby Jenks and Carlos Zambrano are really going to help folks pretend to vote.
- Small Town Liberal - Tuesday, Mar 20, 12 @ 9:00 am:
First time voting in the 30th ward, polling place is a Chicago Dept. of Aging. Waited in a line with several seniors for a bit, was surprised at the turnout. Was informed after several minutes that the line was for some kind of breakfast program and I could go on in for voting…Thanks to the nice guy that recognized I probably wasn’t there for a seniors’ breakfast. Only saw 2 other voters, but to be fair I was running kind of late.
First at my polling place with a paper ballot. No poll workers outside. I am at another polling place working and turnout is EXTREMELY low.
I remember a couple of years ago when the weather was blamed for poor turnout. We do not have that excuse this time.
I must say it is nice to be out in this weather.
I was #24 at Carterville 2 at about 7:30 this morning. I would expect more Republicans than Dems will turn out today. With U.S. Rep. Costello retiring, the GOP smells at least the hint of a chance. Plus, the Prez race. Deep South will probably go for Santorum, though he didn’t even come close to filing the Herrin High School Gym over the weekend.
Two other voters in my one precinct polling place in liberal Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with no competition for state rep/state senator/congress and I was voter #25 at 8:00 AM.
I’ve always wondered how they recruit so many
republican judges in democratic territory and today, after I handed my democratic ballot to a republican judge, the “republican” judge leans over to me and whispers “thanks for voting democratic”
Hey Small Town Liberal, I will be in the 30th Ward once the remapped lines take effect. Afraid they wouldn’t pick me out of the free breakfast line however.
- And I Approved This Message - Tuesday, Mar 20, 12 @ 10:04 am:
Lots of “Vote NO for Republican Tom Swiss” signs along the sidewalk leading to my polling place in the 43rd Ward. When I came out I asked three big guys hanging out why the signs since he wasn’t on the ballot. One of them, who was holding an open umbrella, said “Not on the ballot, then my work here is done!” There are two precincts in the polling place and he was on the ballot in the other one. Wonder what “work” umbrella man was doing?
- Lakewood-Balmoral - Tuesday, Mar 20, 12 @ 10:10 am:
Turnout looks very low up here in 14. Ronen operation is out in full force. Basta operation seems non-existant.
I never noticed that there was a lack of Presidential signs in our neighborhood. There were plenty of signs for the contested Democratic 17th district and 46th state senate. There was no line in our voting place. We split the ticket at our house but we only got robo calls for Santorum not Rommeny.
- Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Mar 20, 12 @ 10:15 am:
I was #26 at 8:30 a.m. at Nettlehorst School in the 44th ward. There were a couple people handing out flyers for judges, and I saw several yard signs for Metropolitan Water District candidates and a Ron Paul sign down the block.
One thing that was distracting was an election judge talking (really loudly) about Obama and his policies. Are they allowed to talk politics inside the polling place?
“Lots of “Vote NO for Republican Tom Swiss” signs along the sidewalk leading to my polling place in the 43rd Ward. When I came out I asked three big guys hanging out why the signs since he wasn’t on the ballot. One of them, who was holding an open umbrella, said “Not on the ballot, then my work here is done!” There are two precincts in the polling place and he was on the ballot in the other one. Wonder what “work” umbrella man was doing?”
Meh, probably a low-information voter. ZING! ;)
Was the 100th voter at Oak Park 3 at Longfellow Center at 10 a.m.
That’s not bad, and might reflect the Lilly/Nardello state rep. race (she’s local) and another local, former school board member and OP cop Jacques Conway, on the ballot against Danny Davis, for some reason.
Not a GOP presidential sign anywhere, which is kind of surprising since Ron Paul had a pretty dedicated crew in the area the last time around.
Harmon’s Oak Park Dem organization has signs all over the parkway for him, Lilly and the endorsed judges at both Longfellow Center and another precinct at Longfellow School (Longfellow is a rock star in my neighborhood; we dig that “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “Song of Hiawatha”).
Some of the signs have migrated on to school and park district property, as well.
I pulled a GOP ballot, which could have been printed on a matchbook cover. Aren’t there any Irish surnamed lawyers who would at least like to get on the judicial ballot in November as the GOP nominee, just in case lightning strikes?