In a nutshell – Voter turnout was abysmal, polling stations were poorly sited, and the results favored incumbents.
According to NYC Board of Elections, as of April 2017, there were exactly 1,010,433 active Democratic voters in Brooklyn (aka Kings County, for those of you new to the city). Only 371,995 of them voted yesterday, in many cases deciding who our new local reps will be.
The graph above compares voter turnouts in the different Brooklyn districts in 2013 and 2017 primaries. In Districts 35, 40, and 41, more voters turned up to vote. Districts 38, 42, 45, and 48 had more voters turning up four years ago. District 43 data reflect the fact there was no primary in 2013.
Gothamist argues this may have to do with various issues, such as new impromptu polling locations. DNAinfo reported that two polling locations in Sunset Park did not open on time because of inactive ballot scanners. Many people seem to also not know there was such a thing as the primaries yesterday.
— Nelson_tweet (@Nelson_tweetin) September 12, 2017
Frequent changing of polling locations and little public notice caused people to trek an extra 15 minutes in Flatbush – especially difficult for the elderly and those needing to get to work on time.
As seems to be now a common practice, many voters turned up to find that though they were registered, their name was not on the polls.
@BOENYC I am registered and voted in 2016 but my name was not on the voter rolls and I had to cast an affidavit ballot.. no idea why
— Katherine (@lmf0817) September 12, 2017
@BOENYC Went to polling center and was not on the rolls. Went and checked and I am registered as an Independent. I switched parties 8/2016.
— Jill Benson (@Jilltension) September 12, 2017
.@BOENYC Problems today! My party affiliation is not what I selected with the DMV and my polling place said my ED wasn't there but it is.
— Kate Ogg (@katebogg) September 12, 2017
So here are the results:
Mayor: Bill de Blasio (Incumbent) was expected to win the primaries, and he did so easily with 74.6% (326,631) of the votes; his opponent Sal Albanese got 15.2% (66,636), Michael Tolkin with 4.7% (20,445), Robert Gangi with 3.1% (13,537) and Richard Basner (10,538) trailing way behind with 2.4%. De Blasio will be going against Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican in the general election.
My friends, it is so wonderful to be here to celebrate a resounding victory tonight. Every one of you made a difference. #YOURCity
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 13, 2017
Public Advocate: Letitia James (Incumbent) was also expected to win again and she did so with 77.6% (285,054) of the votes. Her oponent, David Eisenbach, got only 23.4% (86,901).
We've won the Democratic Primary! Thank you to everyone who has supported me. We are one step closer to a 2nd term of fighting for all NYers
— Tish James (@TishJames) September 13, 2017
Brooklyn District Attorney: Eric Gonzalez (Incumbent) won with 76,947 votes (53.1%) with his opponents trailing far behind him. Anne Swern was second with 16,653 (11.5%); Marc Fliedner got 14,798 (10.2%), Patricia Gatling with 13,459 (9.3%), Vincent Gentile with 12,634 (8.7%) and Ama Dwimoh with just 10,490 (7.2%). Gonzalez will regain his position as district attorney, as there is no general election race for the position.
I'm honored to continue working as your District Attorney for the next 4 years. I won't let you down! #SafetyandJustice4BK
— Eric Gonzalez (@EricGonzalez4DA) September 13, 2017
In the eight City Council districts with primaries, six incumbents were running and all six won. Districts 35, 38 and 40 were closer than in years past, reflecting dissatisfaction among a substantial part of the communities with their reps.
City Council District 35 (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights): Laurie Cumbo (D, Incumbent) won with 10,116 votes or 58.1%; with her opponent, Ede Fox, following behind with 7,304 (41.9%). In the general election, she will be going against the winner from the Green Party, Jabari Brisport, who won with 31 votes (88.6%).
Thank you Scott. It was a pleasure to run against you. Now let's shatter the two-party system. 😊✊🌻 https://t.co/KWjnspCWq6
— 🌻Jabari Brisport🌹 (@Jabari2017) September 13, 2017
City Council District 38 (Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace): Carlos Menchaca (Incumbent) won with 4,102 or 48.6% of the votes. He was going against four other candidates, with Felix Ortiz a bit behind with 2,777 (32.9%) of the votes, Chris Miao with 763 (9%), Sara Gonzalez with 507 (6%) and Delvis Valdes with 285 (3.4%).
District 40 was more interesting. City Council District 40 (Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park): Mathieu Eugene (Incumbent)
Mathieu Eugene – the Democratic incumbent looking for his 4th term won, but only because Brian Cunningham and Pia Raymond split the strongly anti – Eugene vote. Eugene won the primary with over 5,414 votes (41.1%). Brian Cunningham was second with almost 4,000 votes (30.3%) and Pia Raymond was third with almost 3,000 votes (22.4%). Jennifer Berkley came in last with 822 votes or 6.2%. Cunningham is planning to be on the ballot in the general election as a Reform Party candidate, so depending on the mood in the district come November, he still has a very good chance at being elected.
City Council District 41 (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Ocean Hill): Alicka Ampry-Samuel (D) won with over 3,300 votes (31.4%). Following just behind her was Henry Butler with 22% of the votes (2318), Cory Provost with 11.3% (1,197), Moreen King with 8.7% (915), Deidre Olivera with 8% (847), Royston Antoine 5.7% (597), Victor Jordan 5.2% (554), David Miller 4.8% (502), and Leopold Cox 2.9% (307).
City Council District 42 (East New York, New Lots, Remsen Village, Spring Creek, Starrett City): Inez Barron (Incumbent) won with 83.9% or 7,253 votes. Her opponent, Mawuli Hormeku received 1,392 (16.1%) of votes.
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) September 13, 2017
City Council District 43 (Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights) had both Democrats and Republicans running. Justin Brannan, a Democrat, received 38.8% of the votes. One of his opponents, Khader El-Yateem who was very vocal about issues during his campaign, trailed behind with 31.3% (2,879). Nancy Tong was behind with 15.9% (1,459) of the votes, Vincent Chirico with 7.7% (707), and Kevin Peter Carroll with 6.3% (583).
Up and at em this morning to say THANK YOU!!! The work continues. 57 days to go. pic.twitter.com/ifp4oZGH62
— Justin Brannan (@JustinBrannan) September 13, 2017
Feeling so proud tonight. Honored and humbled. We came so close w/ limited institutional support. Thank you to all of our volunteers.
— Rev.Khader El-Yateem (@KhaderElyateem) September 13, 2017
Though we came up short. I am proud of all of the work we did.
— Kevin Peter Carroll (@KevinPeter86) September 13, 2017
In the Republican side, John Quaglione received 1,789 votes (49%), with one of his opponents, Liam McCabe close behind with 1,153 (31.6%). Robert Capano had 543 (14.9%) votes and Lucretia Regina-Potter with 163 (4.5%).
City Council District 45 (Canarsie, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood): Jumaane Williams (Incumbent) got an enormous mandate in his district – he won 90.5% of votes in District 45, over 8,000 more votes than his opponent, Lou Cespedes, who got 904 (9.5%) of votes.
— Jumaane (@JumaaneWilliams) September 13, 2017
City Council District 48 (Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest, Trump Village, Luna Park, Brightwater Towers, Midwood): Chaim Deutsch (D, Incumbent) received 81% (3,563) of the Democratic vote, giving him a big mandate.
The general elections will be taking place on November 7.
So, how do you feel about who won?