Turnout was key for Carson. Overall turnout for the election was 18.2 percent but was usually higher wherever Carson won.So Andre wins by 9,000 votes district wide but carries Center Township by a 12,000-vote margin. More significantly is the mention in the Star article that Bart Peterson out-performed Carson in Center Township. "Carson had a lesser margin of victory (64 percent) than Peterson (68 percent) in Center Township, but the important factor was turnout," O'Shaughnessy writes. "Carson received 24,929 of the votes cast in that district Tuesday, compared with 13,651 for Peterson in November." "In other words, more than 11,000 Democrats in Center Township who stayed home for Peterson came out for Carson."
Julia Carson began her political career as the Center Township trustee and steadily built a reputation as the only Democrat in contemporary times capable of delivering massive turnout in the city's black urban core.
That pattern seemed to hold true Tuesday, with Center Township delivering a 12,000-vote margin in a race that Andre Carson won by 9,000 votes.
"This shows the machine is still here," said Carl Drummer, the current Center trustee, who campaigned for the candidate. "It was extremely important to show that Center Township can still deliver, that we're still a force to be reckoned with."
People need to be asking questions about this result. For inexplicable reasons, a number of the precincts reporting huge margins for Carson did not arrive at the voting center until hours after the polls closed. The ballots were cast on paper ballots which were opened as soon as the polls closed to be hand-counted before being taken to the convention center. Remarkably, the Republicans left many of these Center Township precincts unattended. Only Democrats were supervising these hand counts of the ballots and their delivery to the convention center. This provided a unique opportunity to stuff ballots in the cardboard boxes used during the day to store the ballots cast by voters.
You also need to keep in mind that Jon Elrod represents a significant portion of the southern part of Center Township as state representative. Elrod carried precincts in and around the downtown--some by significant margins--as well as precincts in the southern part of the township. Many of these precincts which generated huge Carson numbers are actually neighborhoods replete with abandoned homes and buildings. These hardcore Democratic precincts are actually de-populating. The former black residents are moving out into the surrounding Pike, Washington and Lawrence Townships, primarily. The only areas of Center Township undergoing growth are areas where better-educated, mostly professional whites and young professionals are moving. These voters voted for Elrod in large numbers.
The Center Township numbers are highly suspect folks. I think some of us need to take it into our own hands to investigate these results. I'm sick and tired of my vote being disenfranchised because the Center Township gang is permitted to steal votes without fear of prosecution. The Democrats always say this is just urban legend. A Democratic friend of mine related a story to me of a close city-county-council race he worked a few years ago in which a white incumbent defeated a black candidate by a handful of votes. The black candidate demanded a recount. In preparing for the recount, my friend surveyed some of the precincts where the opposing candidate had done very well. He turned up dozens of voters who cast votes from vacant lots and abandoned houses after surveying a small percentage of the district. When the incumbent councilor threatened to expose the widespread vote fraud, the opposing candidate was convinced by the Marion Co. Democratic Party that it was in every one's best interest if the vote fraud allegations never surfaced publicly.
It's happening right under our noses and they're laughing in our faces about it. This is all the more reason we have to get rid of the Center Township Trustee's office and eliminate all those make work political jobs Carl Drummer is financing at our expense to turn around and use to screw us in every election. To add further insult to injury, our own money is being used to protect Drummer's job. He has paid Lacy Johnson's law firm tens of thousands of dollars over the past several years to lobby to protect his job. We've got to put a stop to this now.
A note on Beth White failing to open up heavily Republican precincts on election day. A businessman in Perry Township relates to me how his right to vote was disenfranchised on Tuesday after he twice tried to vote at his precinct but found it unopened. The second time was after 10:00 a.m. Thanks, Beth White, for continuing your tradition of disenfranchising voters.