Jackie Toboroff, running for city council in lower Manhattan, has been standing outside polling sites rain or shine since early voting began on October 23. “I’ve seen about four voters go in total,” says the mother of two running on the Republican line. “The polls are completely empty.”
The same void is being seen elsewhere in New York City as the general election enters Day Five. Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan has seen record low turnouts as heavy rain and lack of excitement for these races are making voters stay home. One resident of Greenwich Village thought Eric Adams had already won the mayoral election in June’s primary and didn’t think she needed to vote again. The New York media has not been helpful either printing Adams was the likely mayoral winner since the beginning of the summer.
Many New Yorkers are wondering if ballot numbers will be made up with absentee ballots (mail in ballots). Over 300,000 households have moved out of Gotham in the past year, but some voters are eligible to vote in NYC’s general election despite residing out of state.
A visit to the offices of the Manhattan Board of Elections (BOE) revealed staff were unable to provide voting data to candidates requesting reports as required by State election laws. Furthermore, the chief clerk, Greg Lehman, was nowhere to be found on election week. We were told he has been working from home for some time and has not returned any of our phone calls or emails requesting voter data.
We asked a representative of the Queens BOE why candidates did not have access to voting data or their portal. The unnamed source says, “We need to do this… need to start (one) for 2024 now.”
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