Remember how we said the midterm elections were “meh“? Well, it seems that New Yorkers agree, with 2014 bringing the lowest voter turnout for a New York midterm election since the 1970s, according to the New York Post. That’s the lowest voter turnout since the state started taking accurate tallies for this race.
Of the state’s 10 million active voters, 3.7 million showed up at polls. The previous low was when only 4.2 million showed up to elect Mario Cuomo in 1990. “That’s unbelievably low, extremely low,” said political consultant Bruce Gyory to the Post.
New York City residents were even more apathetic, with just 24 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls. The New York Times attributes this to “expectations of a landslide,” arguing that “Supporters of Bill de Blasio stayed home because they weren’t needed – he won by an enormous margin. Supporters of the man he defeated, Joseph J. Lhota, didn’t vote because the odds against him were overwhelming.”