Election Day numbers provide a bleak picture for the Bronx. Citywide, 33.5 percent of registered voters turned out when Governor Cuomo was elected in 2010. In the South Bronx, turnout was 22.2 percent. In 2011, with no mayor, president, or governor on the ballot, only 3.2 percent of registered South Bronx voters cast ballots.
Ira Bloom, a professor of political science at Lehman College in the Bronx, says current candidates aren’t coming to the Bronx often enough, perhaps believing that making the trek to the borough isn’t worth the potential payoff. Elliot Mayrant, from Morrisania, says officials can’t get a sense of the community if they don’t walk the streets.