Early voting in the Bronx starts slow with low turnout amid partisan ‘enthusiasm gap’


After the first few days of early voting in NYC, the Bronx saw the lowest percentage of active voters cast in-person ballots compared to the other boroughs.

Though most general election races in New York City are seen as shoo-ins for Democrats, this year’s race for governor is expected to be much closer than Democrats would like. For example, FiveThirtyEight found that as of Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul had just a 6.6-point average lead over her Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin.

Early voting at the polls began on Saturday, Oct. 29 and will continue until Sunday, with Election Day on Tuesday.

The Bronx had the second to the fewest number of people show up for the first four days of early voting out of the five boroughs with 16,089 in-person ballots cast, and the lowest percentage of the borough’s active voters at just 2.2%.