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Statement of Deborah Goldberg on Nonpartisan Elections in New York City

Published: July 24, 2003

Statement of Deborah Goldberg, Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center on nonpartisan elections in New York City, concluding that the benefits of nonpartisan elections are unproven, and the risks are great. The limited studies now available show that nonpartisan elections depress overall voter participation, with disproportionate negative effects on people of color, low-income communities, and less educated voters.