Tuesday’s voter turnout may be a record low for a New York City mayoral election

Tobias Nichols, 2, yawns while waiting for his father, Dan Nichols, to vote on Election Day on November 5, 2013 in the Brooklyn. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Turnout in Tuesday’s election for New York City mayor may have set a record low of 22.26 percent of registered voters, according to preliminary figures.
Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Turnout in Tuesday’s General Election for New York City mayor may have set a record low of only 22.26 percent of registered voters, according to preliminary figures from the Board of Elections.

Just over a million of 4.3 million registered voters in the city cast their ballot in the mayor’s race, not including absentee, emergency and affidavit ballots.

Since 1950, the highest turnout for a mayoral election was in 1953, when 93 precent of registered voters or 2.2 million participated, according to Board of Elections records.

The previous low in a city mayoral election was four years ago, when some 29 percent of registered voters cast their ballot.

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