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NYC Public Advocate Runoff Election Will Likely Have Low Turnout

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 28:  Letitia James, the Working Families Party candidate for the seat of slain Brooklyn City Counci
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 28: Letitia James, the Working Families Party candidate for the seat of slain Brooklyn City Councilman James Davis, campaigns outside City Hall. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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.

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