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New York ranks low nationwide in voter turnout

Mar 17, 2017 6:45 am

Matthew Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential New York ranked 41st nationwide in voter turnout in the 2016 election. A report from Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project found that just more than 57 percent of the voting-eligible population statewide cast ballots. Minnesota ranked first with 74.8 percent voter turnout. Hawaii was last, with 43 percent turnout. The voting-eligible population in a given state is determined using census numbers and other factors. The U.S. Elections Project uses that metric to determine turnout rather than the number of registered voters, which is a smaller pool. The turnout in New York for the presidential year was better than in the 2014 midterms and gubernatorial election. Only 29 percent of the state's voting-eligible population turned out for that election. The report advocates for election reforms, including same-day registration and automatic voter registration. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has included in his state budget proposal provisions to enact both of those reforms. A version of early voting legislation was approved last year, but has not yet been voted on in 2017. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.