While Chicago remains a true blue vote-geyser for Democrats, about 250,000 fewer Chicagoens registered to vote this election cycle than in 2008, according to Langdon Neal, the city’s election board chairman.
Langdon blamed a lower level of enthusiasm among young voters for the drop in registration, with only two weeks remaining to get registered, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
There are 1.27 million voters registered for the 2012 elections. A quarter millionless than in 2008.
Nearly 60,000 fewer 18- to 24-year-olds and about 80,000 less 25- to 34- year-olds are registered now than had by Election Day in 2008, Neal said.
Suburban Cook County’s registered voters went from 1.44 million on Election Day in 2008 to 1.36 million registered voters as of Monday.
“There was clearly a lot of excitement at least here in Chicago around our president, who was from Chicago — it captured the interest of our young voters in particular, and I don’t think we have seen that same level of enthusiasm yet,” Neal said.
“We still have a large hill to overcome to get to where we were four years ago,” said the well known Chicago Democrat.