Saturday, April 9, 2011

2011 ELECTIONS: check the numbers

I hate to contradict Worlee, becuase he is right in that Rod Sawyer won and we need to move on.

But I would like to remind us of the fact that this race was won by LESS than 1 percent of the vote (just 1/2 percent). 102 votes (an update from election night's 124 votes). That's less than 2 votes per precinct. 

Had people gotten 5 less SEIU mailers, 3 less phone calls, or had 1 person talk to them one-on-one, it might have gone the other way.

When you see the results on the Chicago Board of Elections website, you will see that Sawyer won 31 precincts, and Lyle won 33. So it's not an overwhelming mandate (unlike, say, Bernie Stone in the 50th).

We do need to move on, but with the realization that our neighbors may not have agreed with us. (Or even those who voted the way we wanted them to, may have done so for the wrong reasons).

Let's really try to understand their concerns and interets, and see how we can forge ahead.

From what I have seen so far, I believe Rod Sawyer will strive for that. Let's strive with him, and with our neighbors. All of them.

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