I worked the polls for the March 18 primary election. It was pathetic seeing the meager number of voters who turned out. One of the precincts in my polling place had close to 900 registered voters.
We got just a tad under 100 come out, including the early voters.
A primary election gives voters who claim to be affiliated with a particular party the ability to vote for the candidates from that party. This is not a time to split the vote. That can only be done during the general election when a Democrat will go up against a Republican and any other party for a particular office.
During a primary, all a person has to do is declare which party he or she wants a ballot for. Theoretically, black folks could have asked for a Republican ballot and changed the outcome of that race. We could have truly influenced who will run for certain offices. And before you turn your nose up at the idea of voting Republican, remember that Gov. George Ryan, who released wrongfully convicted men from Death Row and declared a moratorium on the death penalty was a Republican. QAOF (Quinn ain’t our friend) had to “think about” ending the death penalty before doing so.
I admit that when I voted electronically, there were several offices where I refused to give the person my vote. I’m not thrilled with certain people and come November when we can split the vote, I know I will.
There were several fascinating outcomes from this election despite the low voter turnout. Tio Hardiman managed to capture over 100,000 votes with a meager campaign budget. The message that sends to QAOF is that he needs to come up with some very specific plans that affect the black community if he expects to get our vote come November. And if he goes on black radio like he did years ago and talks patronizingly about knowing what “pot likker is,” then he truly doesn’t deserve our support. It is fascinating to find that Bruce Rauner has some well-known black Democrats supporting his candidacy, such as former state senator Rev. James Meeks. What that means in the weeks ahead will be extremely interesting.
Several weeks ago, a political analyst came on one of the mainstream talk-radio stations.
When asked about the West Side races, especially the one for Earlean Collins’ 1st District commissioner seat, he basically said we were clueless and like sheep being led to slaughter, that we would go in whatever direction we were led.
Looking at the results that came in from the city for that race, I must conclude he knew of what he spoke. I don’t think Ike “Sell us out for 40 pieces of silver” Carothers had 4,364 relatives vote for him. I’m curious why so many in the predominantly black wards were gullible enough to connect the arrows and vote for him? He was a politician making big bucks, including the extra income for being head of the police and fire commission. Yet he gets caught accepting a bribe. He wasn’t struggling to “feed his family,” or “unable to find any kind of work.” He was greedy and got caught.
To the 4,364 voters who voted for I Am Corrupt Carothers: Do you really think any of the other commissioners were going to work with him? Their biggest fear, and probably justifiably, is that he would be wearing a wire.
Thankfully, our suburban counterparts preferred Richard Boykin, an attorney and former aide to U.S. Rep. Danny Davis over a crook. It is time for I Am Corrupt to join his buddy, Percy Giles, and slink away to hide under the same rock — never to be heard from again?