Tag: Polish voters in New York

AG candidate Dan Donovan (right) with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and candidate for governor Andrew Cuomo at the Pulaski Parade in New York City

Half Polish & Catholic: AG Candidate Wants NY Polish Community to Know His Background

Republican Dan Donovan is running a pro-immigrant campaign, not very different than that of his opponent, Democrat Eric Schneiderman.

Interpreters were available at the polling stations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - Photo: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

Primaries? What Primaries? Polish Immigrants in Greenpoint Lack Involvement in Today’s Vote

Many Polish voters didn’t know or didn’t care about today’s New York Primary. One woman who wanted to vote couldn’t because she is an undocumented immigrant.

Low Voter Turnout by Polish Immigrants in EU Election and a Debate Over Where to Focus Political Energy

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, Polish Daily News and FI2W reporter
A Polish citizen votes in the European parliamentary elections in New York - Photo: Marcin Zurawicz

A Polish citizen votes in the European parliamentary elections in New York – Photo: Marcin Zurawicz

Polish immigrants have historically shown more interest in elections in their home country than in U.S. politics. But now the tables may have turned. At two polling sites in New York on Saturday, only 872 people cast their votes in the European Union parliamentary elections, according to consul Przemyslaw Balcerzyk of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York. That is approximately 10 times fewer than the total number who went to the polls in New York to vote in Polish parliamentary elections two years ago. Last November voters in the heavily Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn turned out in large numbers to vote in the presidential contest between Barack Obama and John McCain.

This was only the second time that Poles participated in an EU election, which typically attracts little attention even in countries that have been members of the European community for a long time. Only around 43% of the EU citizens voted this year, the lowest turnout since this type of election was first held in 1979.

In Poland the turnout was about 24.5%, which was actually more than 5 years ago, when approximately 20% of eligible Poles voted. But among Poles living in the U.S. the election stirred even less interest.