While Republican Presidential candidates treated Illinois like a bellwether state, Roscoe View-area voters mostly yawned and skipped the polls yesterday, resulting in possible record low turnout.
City-wide, only 23.9% of registered voters bothered to vote, according to the Chicago Board of Elections’ unofficial tally. But the Roscoe View-area set even lower standards with only 20.4% of voters turned out in Lakeview’s 44th Ward while 17.6% of voters turned out in the 32nd Ward, a stunningly low turnout that was only marginally helped by interest in the GOP Presidential primary. Only a few hundred more Republican voters showed up this year versus 2010. In that year 27% of Chicago’s registered voters turned out.
Although a tough battle for 32nd Ward Democratic Committeeman was expected, Ald. Scott Waguespack’s (32nd) original opponent, incumbent John Fritchey, dropped out a month before election day, giving Waguespack an unopposed path to victory.
Practically every other local incumbent was unopposed this year, including State Senator and Senate President John Cullerton (D-6), State Rep. Ann Williams (D-11) and State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12).