Say It Ain’t So: Only 12 percent of NYC population decide election outcomes?
Poor turnout in recent elections fosters search for answers
In a city of 8.5 million people, somehow only 12 percent of the population decides who serves us in elected office. That would be the conclusion of figures recently released by the Board of Elections.
New York City’s abysmal voter turnout in elections in recent years is generating efforts by lawmakers, political activists and good government groups to find ways to entice voters to come to the polls.
It could be an uphill battle. The numbers aren’t promising.
The percentage of registered voters who showed up at their polling places for the mayoral election in November of 2017 was lower than it was four years earlier, according to the Board of Elections.