Voting is a grave responsibility

The NYT has put an “extremely detailed map of the 2016 presidential election” tool online.  Here’s a high-level look at much of the Chicago area.  The map is color-shaded by vote percentages.  As you would expect, the city and some surrounding areas are heavily Democratic.  It looks like Lake Michigan swamped onshore, inundating the coastal plain and a few low-lying places farther inland.

Even in the sea of blue, however, there is a rather odd outlier, the very deep blue rectangle circled in black.  Since I grew up nearby, I immediately knew what was up.

First, let’s zoom into the area.  We see the vote total is 92% Hillary, 6% Trump, much more lopsided than the surrounding precincts.  Note the rectangle is bounded by 111th and 115th streets, and by Cicero Ave on the west and Pulaski Rd on the east.

What’s special about this precinct?  Here’s a hint.  My grandfather lived in Chicago and worked for the city.  He used to declare that he might as well vote Democrat while he was alive, because he certainly was going to do so after death, whether he liked it or not.

A satellite image of the rectangle.  A cemetery!  Although these dearly departed walk among us no longer, they know the exercise of their franchise is a grave responsibility.  So, on election day, get out and vote.  Don’t wait until you are dead!

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14 thoughts on “Voting is a grave responsibility”

  1. The Democrat have voters who are dead. Republic think that is bad. Dead people should be candidates. 🙂 (Cheap shot.)

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  2. When I first saw your headline, I thought about making a snarky remark about the dead voting Democrat in Chicago.  Turns out that was the point of the post.

    Thanks for ruining my fun, dude!

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  3. 10 Cents:
    The Democrat have voters who are dead. Republic think that is bad. Dead people should be candidates. 🙂 (Cheap shot.)

    Cheap, but fair.

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  4. Terry Mott:
    When I first saw your headline, I thought about making a snarky remark about the dead voting Democrat in Chicago.  Turns out that was the point of the post.

    Thanks for ruining my fun, dude!

    Now I get the joke in the title. I may have to call this an abuse and redact the title. “Voting is a [bad pun-groan level 7] Responsibility”

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    Terry Mott:
    When I first saw your headline, I thought about making a snarky remark about the dead voting Democrat in Chicago.  Turns out that was the point of the post.

    Thanks for ruining my fun, dude!

    Now I get the joke in the title. I may have to call this an abuse and redact the title. “Voting is a [bad pun-groan level 7] Responsibility”

    You could say that I buried the lede.

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  6. Cyrano:

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    Terry Mott:
    When I first saw your headline, I thought about making a snarky remark about the dead voting Democrat in Chicago.  Turns out that was the point of the post.

    Thanks for ruining my fun, dude!

    Now I get the joke in the title. I may have to call this an abuse and redact the title. “Voting is a [bad pun-groan level 7] Responsibility”

    You could say that I buried the lede.

    Terrible! Have you no shame!

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  7. Cyrano:
    The NYT has put an “extremely detailed map of the 2016 presidential election” tool online.  Here’s a high-level look at much of the Chicago area.  The map is color-shaded by vote percentages.  As you would expect, the city and some surrounding areas are heavily Democratic.  It looks like Lake Michigan swamped onshore, inundating the coastal plain and a few low-lying places farther inland.

    Even in the sea of blue, however, there is a rather odd outlier, the very deep blue rectangle circled in black.  Since I grew up nearby, I immediately knew what was up.

    First, let’s zoom into the area.  We see the vote total is 92% Hillary, 6% Trump, much more lopsided than the surrounding precincts.  Note the rectangle is bounded by 111th and 115th streets, and by Cicero Ave on the west and Pulaski Rd on the east.

    What’s special about this precinct?  Here’s a hint.  My grandfather lived in Chicago and worked for the city.  He used to declare that he might as well vote Democrat while he was alive, because he certainly was going to do so after death, whether he liked it or not.

    A satellite image of the rectangle.  A cemetery!  Although these dearly departed walk among us no longer, they know the exercise of their franchise is a grave responsibility.  So, on election day, get out and vote.  Don’t wait until you are dead!

    Hey Cyrano, I grew up in Brainerd neighborhood, and lived between 95th and Loomis and 88th and Ashland for all of my childhood days. When my neighborhood changed, we ended up in Country Club hills, out by Homewood-Flossmoor.

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    Cyrano:

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    Terry Mott:
    When I first saw your headline, I thought about making a snarky remark about the dead voting Democrat in Chicago.  Turns out that was the point of the post.

    Thanks for ruining my fun, dude!

    Now I get the joke in the title. I may have to call this an abuse and redact the title. “Voting is a [bad pun-groan level 7] Responsibility”

    You could say that I buried the lede.

    Terrible! Have you no shame!

    None.  I gave it up for Lent.  Then I gave up Lent and never got the shame back. That would be a shame, if I were not shameless.   (No, I won’t relent.)

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  9. This reminds me of one of my favorite political jokes. JFK, LBJ, and Daley are in a shipwreck and end up in a lifeboat together. They realize there isn’t enough food for them on the lifeboat so they will vote for who gets to stay aboard with the loser getting cast off. The votes were 1 for JFK, 1 for LBJ, and 1,364 for Daley.

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  10. OmegaPaladin:
    Wait, they are not even hiding it now?  My state must be the “see also” for corruption.

    While they’re probably still doing it, and very likely did so in the past, this post is satire.  If one looks carefully at the satellite picture, an apartment complex can be seen in the SE corner.  Why these few residents get their own precinct  is unclear.

    Years ago, I heard that Hillary canvassed Chicago precincts after the 1960 election and discovered dead people voting the D ticket.  (Hillary’s father was a Republican and she was in high school at the time.  She didn’t turn to the dark side until she attended indoctrination school Yale.)

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  11. Cyrano:

    OmegaPaladin:
    Wait, they are not even hiding it now?  My state must be the “see also” for corruption.

    While they’re probably still doing it, and very likely did so in the past, this post is satire.  If one looks carefully at the satellite picture, an apartment complex can be seen in the SE corner.  Why these few residents get their own precinct  is unclear.

    Years ago, I heard that Hillary canvassed Chicago precincts after the 1960 election and discovered dead people voting the D ticket.  (Hillary’s father was a Republican and she was in high school at the time.  She didn’t turn to the dark side until she attended indoctrination school Yale.)

    I was wondering about those apartments. Do you think that explains the votes?

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    Cyrano:

    OmegaPaladin:
    Wait, they are not even hiding it now?  My state must be the “see also” for corruption.

    While they’re probably still doing it, and very likely did so in the past, this post is satire.  If one looks carefully at the satellite picture, an apartment complex can be seen in the SE corner.  Why these few residents get their own precinct  is unclear.

    Years ago, I heard that Hillary canvassed Chicago precincts after the 1960 election and discovered dead people voting the D ticket.  (Hillary’s father was a Republican and she was in high school at the time.  She didn’t turn to the dark side until she attended indoctrination school Yale.)

    I was wondering about those apartments. Do you think that explains the votes?

    Yes. When my sainted late grandfather votes (if he still does), it would certainly be recorded in the precinct in which he lived, not the one in which he is interred.  10000 votes coming out of a precinct consisting only of a large cemetery and a small apartment complex would be too obvious for the C(r)ook County machine.

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