Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
When it comes to running elections, New York State ranks among the worst in the nation according to a new report released Tuesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Using data from the 2008 and 2010 elections, each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia is given a score based on its performance across 17 indicators.
Low voter turnout is one the reasons New York State sits among the worst ten states. Voter turnout is defined as the total number of people who cast a ballot according to each state’s leading election authority, divided by the eligible voting population.
In the 2010 midterm election, less than 40 percent of New York's voters turned out.
Voter registration is another problem area. State Board of Elections Commissioner Doug Kellner said that's historically been a City issue.
"It's something like over 90-percent of the registration problems statewide in New York come from the one jurisdiction: New York City," said Kellner.
Kellner said registration numbers should improve now that the City will be using the same system as the state to process voter registrations. That wasn't the case when the report was done.
Keeping company with New York at the bottom of the list: Alabama, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia.