I heard the allegation again this weekend at the Second Congressional District Democratic Convention, i.e., “Illinois students and other out of staters participated in the Linn County Democratic caucuses on January 3rd” and changed the outcome.
While out of staters might have been on-hand to help organize various preference groups, the facts I have don’t support any allegation that those same out of staters, if any, were included when the preference groups counted off.
In fact, we only had 18 voter registrations inactivated from the Republican and Democratic caucuses due to the voter registration cards being returned (as underdeliverable by the USPS) to our office (see below). That’s too small of a number to have affected the outcome of the caucuses.
If you have some facts to the contrary, please give me a call.
|CAUCUS 2008 REGISTRATION FIGURES|
|Figures for the time period between Caucus night 1/3/08 to 1/29/08|
|Date totals taken||01/03/08||01/29/08||Increase/Decrease|
|Number of Democrats||46324||51390||5066|
|Number of Republicans||36252||36806||554|
|Number of No Party||57186||52885||-4301|
|Number of Other||1||9||8|
|The Auditor’s Office processed the caucus changes from 1/3/08 to 1/29/08 as well as|
|registrations from the DOT and regular mail also. It was not strictly caucus changes.|
|# of Forms submitted at the Caucuses||6,796||1,923||8,719|
|New Registrations from the Caucuses||776||263||66||1||1,106|
|Change Requests from the Caucuses||6,020||1,660||7,680|
|Inactives Due to Returned ID Cards|
|Precinct||Number of Voters||Number Returned by Party|
|2||3||Dem = 12|
|4||1||Rep = 5|
|8||1||NP = 1|