Mapping The Vanishing NYC Voters

With complete thanks to Steve Romalewski at the CUNY’s Graduate Center For Urban Research Mapping Service, you can view a map (and commentary) of where the voters who couldn’t vote live.

From the report:

“the immediate issue is that the vanishing voters were disproportionately located in Brooklyn: more than 100,000 voters were removed from the voter roll in that borough alone.  Brooklyn did bear the greatest burden, as the map below illustrates. But while Brooklyn stands out, a closer look at the city’s changing counts of voters raises other questions about how New York’s electorate is measured.

Voter changes in Brooklyn and citywide
The Center for Urban Research compared the voter registration lists provided by the city’s Board of Elections from March 2015 and March 2016 in order to map the change in registered voters by neighborhood. According to our analysis, 462,746 registered voters were removed from the roll citywide between March 2015 and 2016. During that period, 225,758 voters were added, resulting in a net loss of 236,988 registered voters.


Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island NYC
Change in voter enrollment by borough, 2015-2016
Voters dropped b/w 2015 and 2016 60,917 206,366 110,970 71,248 13,245 462,746
New voters b/w 2015 and 2016 37,156 67,271 58,494 53,263 9,574 225,758
Net change -23,761 -139,095 -52,476 -17,985 -3,671 -236,988
Each borough’s share of citywide change 10.0% 58.7% 22.1% 7.6% 1.5% 100%

The net change in Brooklyn during that period was slightly larger than the number reported in the media. According to CUR’s analysis, the net loss of registered voters in Brooklyn from 2015 to 2016 was almost 140,000, representing almost 60% of the net loss of citywide voters.

The map below shows the distribution of this decrease by neighborhood.  Although the NYS statistics between November 2015 and April 2016 show slight increases in the other four boroughs and a decrease only in Brooklyn, the voter registration lists from New York City for 2015 and 2016 show decreases in all five boroughs.

The map reveals that these changes were uneven across the city. Citywide there was a net decrease of 5.7%. The lightest shade of purple on the map indicates the neighborhoods with a net loss of 5.7% or less: virtually every neighborhood in Queens, the Bronx, and on Staten Island. There were even increases in some neighborhoods in Queens and on Staten Island, shown in green on the map.

The two darker shades of purple indicate voter losses at a greater rate than the citywide average. Every neighborhood in Brooklyn had greater-than-average declines, and the areas shaded darkest purple — in northern and southern Brooklyn, and other neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, and Sunset Park — had a net loss of double the citywide rate, between 10 and 15% of their voters.”

– See more at: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Centers-and-Institutes/Center-for-Urban-Research/CUR-research-initiatives/NYC-s-changing-electorate-2015-2016#sthash.u9DFYCRS.dpuf

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