Turnout in Tuesday’s special election to fill the Suffolk County legislature seat vacated by state Sen. Monica Martinez remained low, with less than 2 percent turning out to the polls by late afternoon after a sputtering morning start.
As of 4 p.m., only 684 voters had shown up to vote, a turnout of only 1.89 percent. At noon, only 214 voters or .59 percent had shown up in the Ninth Legislative District to cast a ballot. The contest pits Republican Maria Vidal against Democrat Sam Gonzalez and Conservative Anne Wiggins. In all, 36,103 residents are registered to vote.
Polls remain open until 9 p.m.