Roundup & Open Thread

Post-Election Open Thread

For election judges at the NIU Rec Center, here’s how Election Day played out yesterday:

From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., 856 people came in to use the Campus Recreation Center. In the same amount of time, 2 people came to vote. By 6 p.m., the total was up to 3 voters and one more person was preparing to be the fourth voter of the night.

The Rec center was the polling place for the DeKalb precincts 2, 7, 9 and 12, the precincts for students who live in the Douglas, Lincoln, Grant and Stevenson Residence Halls. Students who are registered to vote at their home address rather than in the precincts of the residence halls were not able to vote at the Rec Center on Tuesday.

Other students were simply not aware there was an election.

Guess whose precinct had to deliver a ballot box that didn’t rattle at all? Continue reading Post-Election Open Thread

Election Judge Notes

I’ve been an election judge on the Northern Illinois University campus for two years now. If memory serves our precinct got 62 votes in the 2006 General, “winning” the “contest” over the other three precincts stationed at the Recreation Center. From then it was all downhill, the lowlight having only 4 or 5 ballots rattling around the ballot transfer box by the end of the IL-14 special Congressional last spring.

Then yesterday we helped 334 young voters cast their ballots, and the precinct next to us tallied close to 600. Continue reading Election Judge Notes


I was going to say something critical about raising city water rates based on comparisons to other Illinois cities, but on second thought that must be a mistaken impression. Here’s hoping tomorrow evening we see much more data on costs, projected usage and revenues, and a plan to ensure some of what’s brought in actually goes into infrastructure, as promised.

Meanwhile, enjoy if you’re so inclined this pro-Obama pictorial commentary set to Collective Soul’s “Run.” A delightful pairing, IMO.

John Laesch: Political Suicide

He just can’t help himself. First the recount petition and now this. In the Beacon News’ “Laesch is not in Foster’s Corner,” John Laesch just said buh-bye to the very Democratic organization he’s helped to build in IL-14.

Calling Foster a conservative “Blue Dog” Democrat, Laesch said he would not be lining up behind Foster for the November general election.

Laesch is “Mr. Progressive” and Bill Foster leans too far to the right for his taste. I get it, but isn’t it very bad form for someone to pledge non-support for a fellow Dem and to throw his hat into the ring for the 2010 primaries before the November general? How could he expect the Democrats ever to support him again after such a stunt?

Answer: somehow he will expect it, then complain bitterly when it’s not forthcoming. It’s some sort of perpetual underdog image thingy.