Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Looking Like Poor Turnout at Brooklyn Primary

Better make sure you have an iron-clad will , people. If the turnout in usually engaged Brooklyn Heights is any indication, Tuesday’s Democratic primary for a judgeship on the Surrogate Court (between Diana Johnson and ShawnDya Simpson) suffered from a low voter turnout. In District 114, set up on Clark Street, only 115 voters had turned out by 8 p.m., one hour before poll closing time.

The Surrogate’s Courts handle wills, adoptions and estates, long considered fair game for Brooklyn attorneys and court-appointed overseers.

As the New York Times points out, the "prize" is one of the least-known elected positions in Brooklyn.

By the way, as the Brooklyn Eagle points out, "This may be the last year you can vote for a judge. A case scheduled for review by the U.S. Supreme Court could change forever the way state court judges are chosen."

Photo by MK Metz


Anonymous said...

My 85 year old mom worked out in Suffolk county on some primary yesterday. In 16 hours she had 2 voters.

Anonymous said...

There was absolutely no line in Cobble Hill as well.