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  • Report Offers Closer Look at Role of Asian American Voters in Brooklyn Assembly Race Flipped by Republican

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    Though Democrats maintained supermajorities in the State Senate and Assembly after the midterm elections, they lost ground in several communities across the state and ceded several seats to the Republican Party in the State Legislature and in Congress.

    One of the most notable Republican flips came in Assembly District 49, an Asian-majority district in Southern Brooklyn which covers parts of Bay Ridge and Borough Park and much of Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. There, 36-year Democratic incumbent Peter Abbate Jr. narrowly lost to Republican Lester Chang,

  • An Initial Look at Voter Turnout in New York's 2022 General Election

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    Approximately 5.7 million New Yorkers across the state cast ballots in one of the closest races for governor in over two decades, according to unofficial 2022 election data. Some votes, especially final absentee ballots, are still being counted.

    That amounts to roughly 43% of New York's 13.1 million registered voters, a lower turnout than in the 2018 gubernatorial election, when a surge of electoral enthusiasm driven by opposition to the Trump presidency and other factors pushed turnout to 48%.

    In 2018, Democrats cruised to victories in

  • Max Politics Podcast: Understanding the Numbers Game of the New York Governor's Race

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    November 3, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Understanding the Numbers Game in the Governor's Race

    Bruce Gyory, a political scientist and strategist, joined the show to lay out key numbers in the race for Governor; break down racial, ethnic, regional, and other demographic trends; and explain paths to victory for Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the

  • Updated New York Voter Enrollment Numbers Show Playing Field for 2022 Election

    Voter registration (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    New York State added over 400,000 voters to the rolls since the last gubernatorial election in 2018, a 3% increase in total enrollment, according to the latest data released by the State Board of Elections on Tuesday.

    The 424,000 net additional voters since 2018 bring the total to 13.1 million registered voters statewide, roughly the number of those eligible to vote in this month’s major 2022 elections for Governor and other statewide positions, seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the State Legislature, and other

  • Worried About the 2022 Election? 3 Ways to Get Organized and Make Change

    Organizing New Yorkers (photo: John McCarten/City Council)

    It’s fall in New York, which means pumpkin spice lattes when it’s still too hot, our football teams are terrible, and election season is essentially over. Well, let’s take a beat on that last one for a second. While it may be true that most of our races are decided in the Democratic primary, there’s a lot at stake in 2022 – from who occupies the Governor’s Mansion to what we value as a state.

    Candidates aren’t the only thing on the ballot this year. Who you vote

  • A Closer Look at Voter Turnout in New York's August 2022 Primaries

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    The August primary election for congressional and State Senate races in New York saw significantly low voter turnout, barely topping single digits in many districts across the state. It was the predictable outcome of an unprecedented election that resulted from a tumultuous redistricting process that unfolded this year, all adding to New York’s voter turnout crisis. Despite many competitive races, several of which were narrowly decided, New Yorkers again showed little enthusiasm to cast their ballots.

    The party primaries,

  • The Three Vs for Voter Engagement: Validators, Volunteers and Visibility

    Voters in the West Village (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's office)

    In this week’s late August primary, the second primary this summer in New York, voter turnout barely cracked ten percent in New York City. Thefirstprimary of the summer, in June, saw turnout drop by nearly half from four years ago. At the same

  • Voter Turnout in New York Gubernatorial Primary Drops Sharply from 2018 Surge

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    Voter turnout in New York City and State declined dramatically – by nearly half – from the 2018 Democratic primary for governor to the one that closed on Tuesday. 

    In the race for the party's nomination, Governor Kathy Hochul won – by a wide margin – with close to the same number of votes Cynthia Nixon received in 2018 when she lost the Democratic nomination to incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo by a wide margin. The turnout this month was closer to

  • Low Voter Turnout in NYC Elections is a Problem, and It Can Be Solved

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    Voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Approximately 23% of registered voters turned out for the 2021 New York City general election. This appallingly low number actually understates the extent of the challenge to political legitimacy because the outcome of all but a few races for City Council and Borough President were determined in the Democratic primary in June. In that election, approximately 25% of registered voters cast a ballot.

    Since registered Democrats constitute roughly 70% of all registered

  • In Certified 2021 Election Results, Adams Wins Mayoralty with 66% of the Vote Amid 20.5% Turnout


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    With the New York City general election results certified Tuesday, Democratic Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ tally finished at 754,000 votes, leaving him with close to 66% of the vote-share compared to Republican Curtis Sliwa’s 27%, or 312,000 total votes.

    In total, the New York City Board of Elections counted the ballots of about 1,150,000 New Yorkers, bringing the turnout rate to 20.5% of the 5.6 million registered voters across the five boroughs. That included 85,000 absentee voters and 7,000

  • Latino Vote Podcast: Redistricting, Representation, and Latino New Yorkers

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    A Hispanic heritage celebration at City Hall (photo: John McCarten/City Council)

    On this episode of the Latino Vote podcast from Gotham Gazette and hosted by Eli Valentin, the topic is legislative redistricting and Latino representation, and the guests are Lucia Gomez, Political Director at the NYC Central Labor Council; Dr. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Director of Public Policy and Media Relations at the Centro for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College; and Frederick Velez Burgos, National Director of Civic Engagement at the Hispanic

  • An Initial Look at Voter Turnout in the 2021 New York City General Election


    Voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Voter turnout in the 2021 New York City general election was slightly lower than the already-depressed 2017 and 2013 elections.

    Every four years, all of city government is on the ballot, including Mayor, other citywide offices, borough president positions, and the entire 51-seat City Council. This election was the first time since 2013 that most of those positions, including Mayor, were open due to term limits.

    This year, just under 20% of the 5.6 million registered New York City voters cast

  • Latino Vote '21: A Closer Look at the 2021 Democratic Primary

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    Four years ago I participated in a forum on the theme of Latino politics and voting participation in New York hosted by the Rev. Ray Rivera of the Latino Pastoral Action Center in the Bronx. The forum was based largely on two columns I had recently written here at Gotham Gazette — “Latinos and the 2017 New York City Elections”and ...

  • An Initial Look at Voter Turnout in the 2021 New York City Primaries

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    New York City voters voting (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Nearly 1 million New York City voters cast ballots in the mayoral primaries last month, according to unofficial results released by the New York City Board of Elections, marking the city's most participated-in local election in decades. While still low by historical standards, the turnout dwarfed the 2013 primaries -- the last mayoral race to have both Democratic and Republican primaries and no incumbent running -- by roughly 245,000 votes.

    Combined Democratic and

  • If All Politics Is Local — How Do We Get People to Vote Local?

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    Student voter registration (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office))

    As New York City heads into the final stretch of the 2021 local primary elections, candidates will be working overtime for votes. If history serves as a guide, turnout will be low. While so much effort goes into registering people to vote and getting them to the polls, we should focus more on indirect measures that can have larger impacts. This includes shifting the local election

  • Latinos and the 2021 New York City Council Elections

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    Dominican Day Parade (photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office)

    In the coming months, leading up to the all-important June New York City primary elections, I will be writing a series of columns for Gotham Gazette exploring how the Latino vote can impact City Council races across the city. The series — Latino Vote ‘21 — will also highlight some opportunities that may increase Latino political representation and will at times touch on citywide or boroughwide races.

    This series is, I believe, the first of its kind in a publication like Gotham

  • Voter Turnout in New York City Jumped 7.5% from 2016 to 2020

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    Voters in 2020 (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Despite concerns about how the coronavirus pandemic may affect voter turnout, more than 2.97 million New York City voters cast a ballot in the 2020 general election, an increase of about 7.5% or 210,000 more votes than were cast in the city in the last presidential election, in 2016.

    By election night, more than 2.25 million New York City residents had voted in person, 1.1 million of whom cast a ballot in the nine days of early voting before Election Day. As expected, absentee voting

  • Tracking Voter Turnout in the 2020 General Election in New York

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    Voters at the polls (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    UPDATE as of November 15: Voter Turnout in New York City Jumped 7.5% from 2016 to 2020

    Original article from November 3:

    While final results and tallies are still unknown, it appears that the 2020 election has seen an increase in voter turnout in New York, as it has across the

  • 9 Things to Watch in the 2020 General Election in New York

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    Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, left, & Rep. Max Rose face off in NY-11

    Voting in the 2020 general election is set to come to a conclusion on Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. The full, official results won't be known for weeks.

    The eyes of the world are on the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, and it's unclear when a winner may be declared.

    Though it's unlikely Trump can pull off an upset and beat Biden in New York, voters here have been going to the polls in large numbers, just

  • Efforts Launched to Encourage Early Voting and Avoid Absentee Ballot Headaches

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    Early voting at a poll site can be a breeze (photo: @BOENYC)

    As election administrators across the state prepare themselves for a second, larger wave of mass absentee voting this fall, officials and voting advocates are encouraging as many voters as possible to take advantage of the state's in-person early voting option as an alternative to crowded Election Day poll sites and the uncertainty of casting a ballot by mail.

    Early voting, first launched statewide in 2019, will be offered this fall from October 24 through November 1 and gives all

  • State Inaction Means New York City Won't Launch Online Voter Registration Before 2020 Deadline

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    Voter registration (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    A bill that would have made it possible for many thousands of New York City residents to register to vote online, which passed the State Senate but stalled in the Assembly earlier this year, is unlikely to pass before the general election registration deadline and would be too late to be implemented even if it did, officials say.

    The legislation, first introduced in the summer of 2019, would allow the New York City Campaign Finance Board to open the online voter registration portal it created

  • 2020 Primary Results Certified by Board of Elections; Show 23% Turnout Among New York City Democrats

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    Voters cast many absentee ballots (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Over a month after the June primary, the New York State Board of Elections has certified the results, which show a relatively large voter turnout aided in part by the pandemic-induced expansion of absentee balloting. Almost all of the primaries in New York City were among Democrats, including a number of hotly-contested races for the House of Representatives, both houses of the State Legislature, Queens Borough President, and more.

    The elections saw several

  • Voter Turnout Spiked in 2018, Then Everything Changed in 2020

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    Vote Here / Vote Aqui (photo: governor's office)

    This series on voter engagement in New York City is supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.


  • Voters, Poll Workers Attest to Confusion and Missing Ballots in Another Marred Election

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    Voting was again challenging in New York City (photo: Edwin J Torres/Mayor's Office)

    When Imani Clenance didn’t receive her absentee ballot to vote in the recent June primaries she, like many others, went to vote in person. But at her polling site in Harlem, she realized that her struggle to vote had only just started.

    After being given her ballot, she only received one page with Democratic presidential primary candidates on it, but no mention of the Congressional race in her district, District 13, that she knew from the Board of

  • With Distributed Absentee Ballots Vastly Outnumbering In-Person Vote, Impact of Mail-In Ballots Could Be Dramatic

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    The absentee vote could trump the in-person vote (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    The New York City Board of Elections is reporting that over 765,000 absentee ballots were distributed to voters before primary day, June 23, vastly exceeding a tally of in-person votes in the Democratic presidential primary, which came to 471,000, with 96% of election precincts reporting.

    The number of absentee ballots returned is not