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Brighton Beach had low voter turnout in 2009, in one tract as low as 7 percent. Anecdotally, I've known a lot of Russians, Soviet immigrants specifically (the kind you see a lot in Brighton) who seemed particularly skeptical of government and the political process. (I'm not sure we could really explain voter trends that way, though.) Large swaths of Gravesend and Homecrest also boast low turnout; that one stumps me, as does the fact that the numbers are relatively low in Gowanus (maybe a matter of miscalculating who actually lives there?) and in the northern part of Bergen Beach.
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