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Observation on getting out to vote

2005-11-10 , ,

Here are some numbers for New York City:

  • According to the [NYC Department of Planning and the U.S. Census](http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/census/popcur.shtml), there are 8,168,338 people in the Big Apple.
  • The 2000 U.S. Census demographics show that about 89% of those people were over age 18, which means that there should be roughly 7 million potential voters.
  • The Board of Elections reported in March there were only 3,903,852 registered voters across the five boroughs.
  • On Wednesday, 1.2 million people voted.

The next time you hear someone grousing about or praising the city government you can feel comfortable that the odds are better than 3-1 that they didn’t have anything to do with it.

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