Overall Votes, Votes For Obama Down Between 2008 and 2012

By Sam Charles | Thursday, November 8, 2012

Total votes cast. Graphic by Sam Charles

Although redistricting might have had an impact, the 32nd, 40th, 44th and 47th wards all saw decreases in total votes cast between the 2008 General Election and the 2012 General Election, along with the total votes cast for President Barack Obama, according unofficial results released by the Chicago Board of Elections. Only one area ward, the 33rd, saw increases in both total votes and votes for Obama, though the increases were minimal. The biggest shift came in the 32nd Ward, with about 6,000 fewer total votes cast, and about 6,000 fewer votes for Obama.

In 2008:

  • The 32nd Ward saw 30,048 votes cast, with 23,205 votes for Obama, 77 percent.
  • The 33rd Ward saw 15,239 votes cast, with 12,667 votes for Obama, 83 percent.
  • The 40th Ward saw 19,516 votes cast, with 15,985 votes for Obama, 82 percent.
  • The 44th Ward saw 31,141 votes cast, with 24,836 votes for Obama, 80 percent.
  • The 47th Ward saw 29,409 votes cast, with 24,343 votes for Obama, 83 percent.

But in last Tuesday’s General Election:

  • The 32nd Ward saw 24,011 votes cast, with 17,652 votes for Obama, 73 percent.
  • The 33rd Ward saw 15,522 votes cast, with 12,839 votes for Obama, 83 percent.
  • The 40th Ward saw 19,399 votes cast, with 15,913 votes for Obama, 82 percent.
  • Votes for President Obama. Graphic by Sam Charles

    The 44th Ward saw 26,000 votes cast, with 19,037 votes for Obama, 73 percent.

  • The 47th Ward saw 26,836 votes cast, with 21,112 votes for Obama, 79 percent.

32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack, who is also the 32nd Ward Democratic Committeeman, could not be reached for comment in regard to the 32nd Ward’s comparatively large drop in votes.

All five area wards saw increases in voter registration between the 2004 General Election and the 2008 election, but those increases were nullified by the drop-off between 2008 and 2012.

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