From the NY Post:
Suppose they gave an election and almost no one came?
That’s what happened last Tuesday, when a mere 150,000 of the city’s 4.2 million registered voters went to the polls.
Many candidates ran unopposed. The only real contest was on Staten Island, where Republican DA Dan Donovan trounced a Democratic challenger with 70 percent of the vote. Bronx DA Robert Johnson was alone on the ballot. So were half a dozen judges in Manhattan.
That didn’t stop the Board of Elections from staging a full-fledged election, opening all 6,109 election districts in 1,363 polling sites, manned by nearly 25,000 workers.
The estimated cost: $17 million.
Amazingly, the board requested millions more from the city, including $8 million to boost the $200-a-day salaries of the poll workers and $3.5 million for extra staffers. City Hall, which is at war with the board over its finances, quickly rejected the request.
By law, the board has to open every polling site on Election Day. But it has the discretion to consolidate election districts.