Democratic Turnout in N.Y.C.’s Feisty Mayoral Primary? 26%

With some of the aggressive mayor’s races in current reminiscence and a variety of hotly contested down-ballot primaries, the turnout in final month’s Democratic mayoral major in New York City was the strongest in years.

So far, the Board of Elections has counted the ballots of about 820,000 registered Democrats who voted in-person in the mayoral major. As of Friday, a further 125,794 Democratic absentee ballots had been returned, seemingly bringing the turnout to a minimum of 945,000 voters.

That implies that roughly 26 p.c of town’s three.7 million registered Democrats voted in the mayoral major this 12 months — which is increased than, say, the 22 p.c that voted in 2013, the final time there was a wide-open mayoral race. Bill de Blasio ended up prevailing.

However, the turnout was low by historic requirements; a variety of bitterly fought races in the 1970s and 1980s drew extra voters.

The Democrats’ alternative would be the overwhelming favourite in the final election towards Curtis Sliwa, who received the Republican major with even decrease turnout.

The elections board has tallied about 55,000 in-person votes from Republicans, and one other 5,800 absentee ballots have been returned. That complete of 60,800 ballots accounts for about 10 p.c of town’s registered Republicans.