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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Con on the con-con

Posted By on 11.13.08 at 02:46 PM

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Obsessive student of election numbers that I am, I finally got around to poring over the ward-by-ward results from last week's all-important constitutional convention referendum.

OK, OK -- so I have no life.

But if you recall, the question before us was this: Should the state convene a convention to write a new constitution?

The referendum lost statewide, so there will be no convention, thus ending my never-really-existed political career.

In Chicago it wasn't so much that it lost -- which it did -- but that relatively few people bothered to vote one way or another. Citywide, roughly 66 percent of the voters who took a ballot voted on the referendum.

The I-couldn't-care-less-one-way-or-the-other totals were particularly high in the 14th Ward (76 percent), the 12 th Ward (70 percent) and the 15th Ward (69 percent).

I know that vote totals generally fall with referendum questions, if for no other reason than that they're buried at the bottom of the ballot, beneath all those freaking judges. But this issue had draw considerable media attention -- it was the subject of rallies and ads both pro and con. And the vote came as poll after poll showed that voters in Illinois and Chicago are hugely dissatisfied with the general drift of politics in state government. So you'd figure folks would at least venture an opinion on things.

By the way, the "no" vote was highest in southwest- and northwest-side wards, most likely because seniors on fixed income in those parts didn't trust the convention delegates -- whoever they might be -- to convene without somehow or other mucking up their pensions.

I suppose I shouldn't assume the results mean people are content with our system. It's more likely that they feel the doofuses I can see are less scary than ones I can't see. Or something like that.

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