Voter turnout is low, but not entirely unexpected
by Shane Miller
Jun 26, 2012 | 817 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For all intents and purposes, turnout at the polls on Tuesday was lower than usual, but not unexpected given that it was a special primary in June and there was no major election at the top of the ballot.

In the 6th Congressional District at a polling place at P.S. 290 on 54th Avenue in Maspeth, a poll worker there said that by 6 p.m., 155 people had voted.

“More people voted this primary than the one back in April,” said Marilyn McAndrews. “It’s a primary so you’re not going to have a huge turnout. In general everything is positive.”

At P.S. 196 in Forest Hills, information clerk Steve Kashub said that the turnout was a little lower than usual for a primary. He did say that those who were voting were turned off by the amount of campaigning that went on.

“They were really, really turned off by the amount of robocalls they received, as well as the number of mailers the four Democratic candidates sent,” he said.

Sharon, 20, who declined to give her last name, said she voted for Grace Meng because she was part of the Asian community, as is Sharon.

“I also feel that she is the strongest on women’s issues,” she said.

Lari, who also declined to give her last name, said she voted for Rory Lancman.

“I feel that he has the best plan on the economy and schools,” she said.

But at St. Andrew Avellino School in Flushing, poll worker Zheng Hao Ma said that the turnout was bigger than the April election, which saw only 29 voters.

"There was so many people because there was an Asian in the race, and we have a large Asian community," Ma said.

Meanwhile, in the statewide Republic Primary that also took place on Tuesday, voter turnout was one of the lowest ever in the history of New York State. So low, in fact, it prompted one candidate to call for all of the ballots to be impounded so not a single one would go uncounted.

“The [Bob] Turner campaign is committed to ensuring the integrity of every vote and impounding the ballots is the best way to achieve that for the good of all the campaigns,” said spokesperson Jessica Proud.

David Maryasin and Rafael Lacayo contributed reporting for this article.
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