|Newly registered Democrat voters|
"Voter registration drives like these are the key to reelecting President Obama," the Mayor told us. "We must continue to reach out to new voters to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote in next November's election."
Over 400,000 new voters were added to the rolls in this latest voter registration drive.
Chicago has often been a key player in Presidential elections, having pushed John F. Kennedy "over the top" in the 1960 Presidential election.
When asked why the number of registered Democrat voters in Cook County exceeds the population there, Mayor Emanuel replied "The census misses a lot of people here. Most of the homeless, the illegal aliens, and people who travel a lot simply aren't counted."
Cook County has around 5.2 million people according to the last national census, but has over 7 million registered Democrats, which seems to support Mayor Emanuel's claim.
The Chicago area is often praised for having the fairest and most accessible voter registration system in the nation.
|The Mayor celebrates, while waving new voter totals|
Yesterday, Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi both registered to vote in Chicago.
They now have joined other prominent statesmen like Robert Byrd, John Murtha and Teddy Kennedy as Cook County Democrats.