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The Disappearing City of Buffalo Voter

6:29 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Only 20 percent of registered Democrats voted in the September primary that featured a mayoral race. 

It turns out, the number of voters showing up at the polls in the Queen City is on a steady decline. 

An average of 72,500 Democrats voted in mayoral primaries during the Jimmy Griffin era.

The average dropped to 40,800 during Tony Masiello's three primaries.

It has continued to drop during Mayor Byron Brown's three primaries, to an average of 31,000.

Yes, it's true the city has lost population since the 1970's ... but not that much.

Turnout as a percentage of registered Democrats has plunged from 60 percent in 1977, when Griffin and Arthur Eve did battle, to 20 percent in 2013.

Watch Jim Heaney's report in the video player on this page and visit the Investigative Post site for more of his reporting.

Also, there will be an expanded report on voter turnout in Buffalo in Sunday's edition of the Buffalo News.  

Investigative Post

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