And some predictions. Here is a handy link to the voting results for Kendall County, which presumably will be updated "live" via the new opti-scan system.
I won't predict any winners here, since that might color the outcome of the vote. Since there's no polling being done, I employed a highly scientific method this morning before and after I voted.
I noticed several people who I know are Democrats (or at least vote like they are) are sporting R candidate stickers. This is an observation I've made a number of times in recent weeks. A couple of "canned" trips to the gas station this morning to strike up conversation with people with certain bumper stickers cemented my notion in fact.
What I'm predicting is a heavier than normal switch, or crossover, vote from Democrats, who may feel they have nothing lose in doing so. Democrats will be voting for Oberweis (because Blagojevich can easily eat the weight of his hair in Oberweis) and others they would rather see on the November ballot (for various reasons).
I abhor switch-voting because it's purely cynical, not honest. Now, that's rich coming from such a cynic, but I prefer total candor at the ballot box, thank you very much.
But that's the problem with our current primary ballot system in Illinois.
Election reform. Boy. I dunno.
I'll provide the complete analysis this evening when we have the totals.
One other observation was that even though the process would seem easier, a certain comfort level... or something... was missing, as it seemed to take voters in my polling place much longer than normal to vote. Just an observation, but I have written on this topic before.