09/30/2013 02:45 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2013

NYC Public Advocate Runoff Election Will Likely Have Low Turnout


The runoff election for the the Democratic nomination for New York City public advocate is on Tuesday, October 1. Neither of the two candidates, city councilwoman Letitia James and state senator Daniel L. Squadron, received more than 40 percent of the vote in the September 10 primary, thus necessitating Tuesday's election.

According to The New York Times, an exceptionally low turnout is expected Tuesday. Likely less than 175,000 voters-- in a city of eight million-- will show up to the polls, at a cost of $13 million to New York City taxpayers.

The public advocate office's budget is only $2.3 million per year.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 and only registered Democrats are eligible to vote. For polling locations go here or call 866-VOTE-NYC.