Latest Onondaga County Election Sees Lowest Candidate Turnout Ever Latest Onondaga County Election Sees Lowest Candidate Turnout Ever

13 of the 17 seats on the Onondaga County legislature ran unopposed

[Jared Valentin] 13 of the 17 seats on the Onondaga County legislature were uncontested in this year’s election. That number is the highest since the legislature was established in 1962. Onondaga County elections commissioner Dustin Czarny cites polarization and gerrymandering as the reasons for low candidate turnouts. [Dustin Czarny] Inside the city of Syracuse, we have polarization happening in districts because there are way more Democrats than Republicans. But, that’s also a factor of gerrymandering because they’ve packed these districts to put in as many Democrats in about six or seven districts as possible. [Jared Valentin] Despite the low numbers this year commissioner Czarny is not worried about candidates or voters for future elections. [Dustin Czarny] There was less competition on the county legislature level, but there was more competition on the county-wide level where every voter had a choice of six different races. I think low voter turnout is more of a factor of it being an odd year election and not having national races in the mix. [Jared Valentin] Onondaga County isn’t the only place with uncontested seats. This trend is also seen in Camillus and Cicero, where candidates are running unopposed for town supervisor. Jared Valentin, N-C-C news.

SYRACUSE, NY. (NCC News)- Before the polls were opened, the 2023 election for the majority of offices in Onondaga County had already been decided. Members of both Democratic and Republican parties, as well as independent candidates did not run for 13 of the 17 seats on the Onondaga County Legislature. That marks the most unopposed seats in the election’s entire history, dating back to 1962.

Onondaga County elections commissioner Dustin Czarny has two reasons for this year’s low candidate turnouts.

“Inside the city of Syracuse, we have polarization happening in districts because there are way more Democrats than Republicans,” Czarny said. “But, that’s also a factor of gerrymandering because they’ve packed these districts to put in as many Democrats in about six or seven districts as possible.”

While 2023’s number of candidates was a record low, Czarny isn’t worried about future elections.

“There was less competition on the county legislature level, but there was more competition on the county-wide level where every voter had a choice of six different races,” he said. “I think low voter turnout is more of a factor of it being an odd year election and not having national races in the mix.”

Onondaga County wasn’t the only place with low candidate turnouts. Both Camillus and Cicero’s town supervisor position also was also run unopposed.

Related Articles