Fewer voted in '07 than in prior off-year elections

After all the votes were cast and numbers were crunched, the final tally revealed Westchester races did not attract many voters to the polls Tuesday.

Fewer voters than in prior off-year elections went to the polls this Election Day. Even in high-profile contests like the Mt. Vernon mayor?s race, only a little more than one-third of those registered went into the voting booth.

Yonkers saw 31 percent of registered voters cast ballots, while 38 percent turned out in Mt. Vernon and 40 percent voted in Peekskill.

Harrison?s incumbent Town Supervisor Stephen Malfitano says low turnout hurt his chance for re-election. He says about 1,000 fewer voters turned out Tuesday than last year.

Turnout for Harrison?s town supervisor race was 40 percent compared to 35 percent in Yorktown and 30 percent in Rye Town.

Westchester's election commissioners say they aren't surprised at the low numbers, but are surprised people don?t believe every vote is important.

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