BY KEVIN DUGGAN
New Yorkers went to the
polls over the weekend for the
fi rst days of early voting in
the city’s general election —
and as expected, the turnout
wasn’t at the fever pitch the
city experienced during last
year’s presidential race.
Voting locations opened Saturday
morning, Oct. 23, and
despite many races being effectively
decided in the June primary
due to Democrats far outnumbering
Republicans in the
Five Boroughs, residents still
came out to do their civic duty.
“Voting is so important.
For so long in particular African
Americans didn’t have
the right vote, so that’s why
I vote,” said Carole, who is
Black, after casting her ballot
at the Brooklyn Museum on
Sunday afternoon, Oct. 24. “I
try to never miss an election.”
The cultural institution on
Eastern Parkway saw only a
slow trickle of people coming
to vote for city elected offi cials.
“It’s empty,” said another
Prospect Heights resident,
Carol Steuer, after voting.
A preliminary count by the
city Board of Elections logged
15,418 ballots cast on the fi rst
day of early voting, Oct. 23,
slightly below the June primary,
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when 16,867 people came
to the polls on opening day.
Both numbers pale in comparison
to the 2020 general election,
when 93,830 came out on
the fi rst day of early voting —
six times more than this time
around — and lines of voters ran
for blocks out of the poll sites.
The high turnout last year
was undoubtedly boosted by
the presidential race between
Donald Trump and Joe Biden,
drawing in more voters than
This year, New Yorkers can
decide on citywide offi ces like
the mayor, comptroller, and
public advocate, along with
city council seats, judges, and
fi ve ballot proposals.
In a city where Democrats
outnumber Republicans nearly
eight to one, primary votes
Prospect Heights resident Carol Steuer voted for Eric Adams. Photo by Dean Moses
largely decide who will win
the election on Nov. 2, except
for some City Council races in
a handful of swing districts in
southern Brooklyn, southern
Queens, and Staten Island.
Voters who put their support
behind Democratic nominee
Eric Adams — some reluctantly
after having voted for
other Democratic candidates
in the primary — said they
wanted to get him over the fi nish
line against Republican
Curtis Sliwa, the leader of the
“I don’t like him at all but
he’s the only one,” said Steuer,
who previously supported
Maya Wiley. “He’s too closely
tied to the police and to the real
estate industry, but I would
never vote for Curtis Sliwa.”
In Downtown Brooklyn,
a couple of voters who previously
supported former Sanitation
Garcia said they were optimistic
that Adams will be an improvement
compared to outgoing
Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Our main issue is severe
disappointment with our current
mayor, whom we voted
for, and I think Eric will do a
good job,” said Katharine Darrow
as she left the poll site in
New York City College of Technology
on Jay Street.
Darrow’s husband Peter was
happy to see Garcia ascend to
a senior position in Governor
Kathy Hochul’s administration
when she was appointed
as director of state operations
in September. “Having somebody
up there that’s as able as
she is is a good thing, so we’re
pleased with that,” he said.
Early voting ends Sunday,
Oct. 31, and registered voters
can apply in person for an absentee
ballot until Nov. 1. Election
Day follows on Nov. 2.
Rockin’ the vote
New Yorkers turn out in modest
numbers for early voting
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