With the goal of making it easier for local residents to vote, Councilmember Mark Treyger reintroduced legislation that would require New York City to suspend alternate side parking rules on primary election days on March 22.
Low voter turnout has been a major issue for the city. Only 14 percent of the city’s registered Democrats voted during the 2017 Democratic Party primary election — no Republican primary was held — and approximately 20 percent of the city’s registered voters cast ballots during the 2013 primary election.
Treyger hopes the legislation, originally introduced in 2015, would enable more New Yorkers to vote.
“It has never been more important for New Yorkers to be actively engaged in the civic process,” he said. “Yet our city’s voter turnout numbers —particularly in primary elections — are disappointing, dismal and unacceptable. We need to remove as many hurdles as possible that prevent voters from showing up to polling sites.”