Few Bronxites have cast early ballots for 77th Assembly District special election

Only 272 Bronxites have cast their ballots in the 77th state Assembly District ahead of tomorrow’s special election, according to information from the New York City Board of Elections. Latoya Joyner vacated her position on the assembly in early January.

Voter turnout is generally low in the Bronx, as demonstrated by the November 2022 gubernatorial and congressional elections, as well as last November’s citywide races. In November 2022 just about 2.2% of the borough’s registered active voters had cast early ballots ahead of that election. In November 2023, even a heated City Council District 13 race — where now-Republican Council Member Kristy Marmorato pulled off an upset against Democratic incumbent Marjorie Velázquez  — only yielded a 4.4% voter turnout by around 3 p.m. on Election Day.