Op-ed | Voting in New York City needs transformational reform


Most New Yorkers don’t realize we’re in the middle of an election season, and who could blame them? With no citywide election and many uncontested races, only a small percentage of the city’s nearly five million registered voters will turn out to vote in the elections for city council.

Low voter turnout isn’t unique to off-off-year elections like this one, it even afflicts highly contested mayoral elections. In the 2021 mayoral election, only 23 percent of voters cast a ballot, compared to 62 percent turnout in the 2020 presidential contest.