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Tue Nov 7, 2023, 09:37 AM Nov 2023

No one cares: Abysmal early voting turnout of 2% for NYC general election this year [View all]

AM New York

Just 86,000 New Yorkers took advantage of early voting for the Nov. 7 general election, according to city Board of Elections (BOE) data — accounting for an anemic 1.9% of the Big Apple’s over 4.6 million active registered voters.

The paltry number of general election early voting check-ins nonetheless represents roughly double those who voted early in the June primary, although that figure only included party-registered voters, as New York has a closed-primary system.

Moreover, the general election early turnout was just 20% of the over 430,000 voters who cast their ballots ahead of last year’s midterm elections, where marquee races for governor, state attorney general and the U.S. House topped the ballot.

The most comparable recent election was in 2019, the first year early voting was employed in New York City. That year, just 1.14% of both active and inactive city registered voters participated in early voting, when the only major ballot items were for races for public advocate and Queens district attorney as well as five citywide ballot proposals.

If you want people to vote you have to give them something to vote for.
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