By Mark Weyermuller -
I'm reporting what everybody is saying: Voter turnout is low. I voted in Wilmette at 7:30a.m. being the sixth voter of the day. This precinct at Saint Joseph's Church has 820 registered voters. At this rate, it would be 52 votes or 15.7% as a predicted turnout.
These elections today are the midterm primaries by party including governor, senate, congress, treasurer, state house & senate, judges, committeemen, and several other races. The winners will face off in November of 2014.
Later in the day, I played in my seniors volleyball league at Hamlin Park in Roscoe Village. There were two precincts there in the other gym with about 1500 possible voters. At noon, between the two only 41 people had voted indicating a prediction of 20% turnout. For the record, I did not vote here. They say in Chicago, vote early and often.
By the way, 272 feet away Hamlin Park is another polling location at Alcott School. My old polling place at 1240 North State street in Chicago is 90 feet from another poll at One Scott Street. It makes you wonder if we have too many locations costing perhaps millions of dollars in inefficiency, not to mention more opportunity for fraud.
I was concerned early last week as I spotted the voting stations in large blue carts appearing in public buildings. The voting stations, computers, lists and ballots are all in these crates only secured with a wire that can be cut with tin snips or some sharp scissors.
Our elections are all too important to have any "appearance of impropriety." This in addition to the massive costs seems like government waste. Can we do elections better and cheaper?
On another note I attempted to show my photo identification upon voting. I would say if was like a Dracula vampire movie as the judges flinched not wanting to see my ID, you know how vampires get fried if they see sunlight. God forbid if they verified my identity. They did verify it with my signature which seems seems odd to me. You need ID to board an airplane, buy liquor, buy cigarettes, enter a public building and cash a check but not to vote. , More on voter ID in another story.
All in all, I witnessed no issues with the judges, no electioneering, and definitely no waiting. I asked the judges if I could take a photo to which they said okay. One judge asked not to he photographed. I took no photos of judges or voters.
If you are not in politics or a political junkie like many of us, these mid term elections have little more interest then a rerun of Gilligan's Island. I don't expect much to change in voting or interest in the midterm primaries. I do feel they could be run much more efficiently for a lot less money. Then again that is what us conservatives say about all government.
We look forward to the results later tonight.