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For those people keeping track of the health of our participatory democracy, last month’s midterm elections received a relatively good checkup. Voter turnout was the highest in 26 midterm cycles—in other words, since 1914. S. Erdem Aytaç & Susan Stokes, Americans just set a turnout record for the midterms, voting at the highest rate since 1914. This explains why, Wash. Post (Nov. 20, 2018).

But it was not a banner year for New York.

While the national voter turnout was about 50 percent, only 42.1 percent of New York’s eligible voters cast a ballot. 2018 November General Election Turnout Rates, U.S. Election Project (Dec. 4, 2018). That means that New York’s voter turnout was an embarrassing 48th out of 50 states this year. Id. Third from the bottom is not where the Empire State should aspire to be.

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