2013 New York City Election Atlas Project Releases Analysis, Updated Maps of Mayoral Primary Turnout and Public Advocate Elections


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2013 New York City Election Atlas Project Releases Analysis, Updated Maps of Mayoral Primary Turnout and Public Advocate Elections

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2013 -- The Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center released today updated analysis and maps reflecting results of the mayoral primary election, including results from the public advocate runoff elections.

The new data and analysis is part of an ongoing effort of the 2013 New York City Election Atlas project, a collaborative partnership between the Center for Urban Research and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, along with the Center for Community and Ethnic Media.

Map of turnout in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary
The Election Atlas map shows where turnout was above and below average by election district citywide, in relation to where each candidate did well or not.  

"This map is unusually revealing because it shows not only for whom each neighborhood voted, but how intensely they felt about the election in terms of turnout,” said John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research.  “This is really an x-ray of the Democratic electorate today in New York City."

The map also provides a reference point looking toward the November general election.  For example, election districts (EDs) that William Thompson won are shaded in light red to dark red, and the darkest red EDs are where turnout was highest (in Hasidic Williamsburg, Jewish orthodox Brooklyn, and a few areas in northeast Queens). Political analysts can use the map to compare if those voters will turn out in high numbers again for the general election, and if they will switch their votes to Democratic primary nominee Bill de Blasio. Similarly, Christine Quinn did well in the Upper East Side and in many EDs on the Upper West Side. In recent general elections Manhattan's upper east and west sides have supported Mayor Bloomberg.

“Voting outcomes reveal important local neighborhood characteristics and similarities and differences among the city’s various constituencies,” said Steven Romalewski, director of the Mapping Service at the Graduate Center. “Which candidate will persuade the city’s many voting blocs to support them? We hope the maps and analysis in the Election Atlas project provide helpful insight to answer that question.”

Analysis of the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary
The Center provides an in-depth analysis of the primary vote with an emphasis on vote patterns of predominant racial and ethnic groups across the city. The analysis is supplemented with maps and a discussion of the vote patterns for the top candidates.

Analysis of the Public Advocate runoff election
The Center's interactive map reveals the local vote patterns for the runoff election. While other maps use an either/or color scheme to show the vote for runoff-winner Letitia James vs. Daniel Squadron, CUR's map also reveals where turnout was strongest to emphasize the core of James's support.  Clicking the map shows the actual vote counts for each candidate, the vote share for James, and the turnout percentage by election district.  The Election Atlas also provides analysis of the runoff election.

Data for the maps of the mayoral primary and public advocate runoff were provided courtesy of The Associated Press.

To interview Graduate Center experts please contact Tanya Domi, tdomi@gc.cuny.edu, 212-817-7283.

About the Center for Urban Research
The Center for Urban Research (CUR) works with faculty and graduate students to organize basic research on the critical issues facing New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad, collaborates on applied research and information dissemination with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, the media, and other partners, and holds forums and workshops on urban research undertaken at the Graduate Center and the City University.

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Submitted on: OCT 9, 2013

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