Thursday, November 10, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Election day was Nov. 8, but the results are still being processed by millions of Americans, including those in Proviso Township. Here are some key takeaways from Tuesday night’s results:
In July, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to approve a resolution that would put the question of whether the board should adopt an ordinance prohibiting the issuance of any new Class M liquor licenses, which are exclusively granted to video gaming establishments, on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The referendum question is strictly advisory and non-binding, meaning the board isn’t required to adopt the prohibition into law. The vote on the referendum is largely a measure of where the community stands on the issue and is typically utilized to guide future decisions by elected officials.
The referendum (“Shall the Village of Maywood adopt an ordinance prohibiting the issuance of any new Class M (Video Gaming Cafe/Bistro) Liquor Licenses in the Village of Maywood?”) passed by a comfortable margin:
A total of 8,548 Maywood residents voted on the ballot measure, while it appears that 821 residents didn’t. Overall, roughly 66 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this year’s election, around four percent less than the turnout rate for suburban Cook County.
Voters decide to oust Cook County Recorder’s Office
Voters in Proviso Township also voted for an ordinance to merge the Cook County Recorder of Deeds by a comfortable margin, roughly 56 percent to 44 percent.
Countywide, the margin was even larger, with roughly 64 percent of Cook County voters agreeing to virtually eliminate the Recorder’s office.
The legally binding ordinance asked residents:
“Shall the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be eliminated and all duties and responsibilities of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be transferred to, and assumed by, the Office of the Cook County Clerk by December 7, 2020?”
Interestingly, in Maywood, where the last two Cook County Recorder of Deeds — incumbent Karen Yarbrough and the late Eugene Moore — have lived, more people voted against the measure than those who voted for it.
Around 53 percent of voters in Maywood voted against the ballot measure, while around 47 percent voted in favor of it.
Other county-wide ballot measures passed overwhelmingly among Proviso Township residents, including:
Where Trump, Clinton prevailed in Maywood
Although Republican nominee Donald Trump only earned around 3 percent of the vote in Maywood (303), around one-third (105 to be exact) of his total came from just two precincts (Precincts 1 and 2), located in the northern-most portion of the village.
It should be noted that, while this area is where Trump’s voters are concentrated, these two precincts still overwhelmingly voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (467 in Precinct 1 and 476 in Precinct 2), who garnered 97 percent of the village’s vote (or around 8,700).
Incidentally, Precinct 1 is also where the most third-party ballots were cast in Maywood, with 22 votes for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and 17 for Green Party candidate Jill Stein coming from those two precincts.
In fact, the only precincts that cast more than 10 votes for either third-party candidate were Precincts 1 (15 for Johnson) and Precinct 2 (10 for Stein).
So, while we call this area ‘Trumpville,’ considering the proportion of Clinton voters there, it should more appropriately be called ‘Trumpville’ within ‘Clintonville’ (which is basically all of Maywood). And maybe even ‘Openville’ considering that, according to vote tallies, it’s among the places in the village most open to voting for those third-party candidates.
The four precincts in Maywood where Clinton got the most amount of votes concentrated in the village’s center and the southern-most edge of town.
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