The dust has settled on New York City’s primary election, but the tumultuous redistricting process has left after-effects that will be felt all across the state for some time to come.
It was the second primary election to be held this summer after the Court of Appeals ruled that state Senate and congressional electoral maps didn’t comply with the state’s constitution. While the court-appointed “special master” redrew the new district lines, the Board of Elections split the primaries between the June and August dates.
The state’s redistricting woes created a rare August primary for New York’s congressional and state Senate seats, raising concerns about low voter turnout. On the day of the primary, QNS reported that voter turnout across Queens was abysmally low.