LIVE UPDATES: Polls open in Brooklyn with all eyes on southern Brooklyn council elections

The polls are officially open for Election Day 2023, and Brooklynites are heading out to cast their votes in some of the city’s most-watched council races.

Early voting turnout in the city was particularly low this year — only 86,000 voters headed to the polls during the nine-day early voting period, accounting for just 1.9% of all registered voters in New York City. But Brooklyn had the second-highest number of early voters of all five boroughs, with more than 23,000 check-ins. 

All eyes on southern Brooklyn

Most of Brooklyn’s council races are not competitive, and many won’t appear on the ballot at all – especially in Democrat-heavy northern Brooklyn.