October 2012 Economic Snapshot: Voter Participation in New York City
With less than a month to go before the 2012 U.S. presidential elections, residents of NYC are getting ready to cast their votes. For our October 2012 Economic Snapshot, NYCEDC’s Research & Analysis team looked at voter participation in New York City. We found that:
- Since 2006, New York City’s total registration has been an average of 87.7% of eligible voters, varying depending on the year but displaying a flat trend over time.
- A high of 90.4% of the eligible population was registered in November 2008 – the year of the last U.S. presidential election – with 80.7% designated as “active” (“inactive” signifies undeliverable election mail or moving with an out-of-county forwarding address).
- At the borough level, Manhattan historically has the most active registered voters as a proportion of total eligible voters, with 82.7% in November 2011. Queens had the largest increase in voter proportion since 2006, rising 5.4 percentage points to 77.9%.