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!