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.
But in last Tuesday’s General Election:
The 44th Ward saw 26,000 votes cast, with 19,037 votes for Obama, 73 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.