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

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.

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.

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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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