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NY1 Exclusive: Sotomayor Faces Ballot Box Discrepancy

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President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court is raising eyebrows for skipping trips to the ballot box.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor missed the last two statewide elections, and three other recent elections for State Supreme Court. This, according to city Board of Elections documents obtained by NY1.

More than 4.4 million New Yorkers turned out to vote in the 2006 governor's race that brought Eliot Spitzer to the top of Albany.

Also winning was Hillary Clinton, whose former colleagues in the United States Senate will weigh whether to seat Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice in the nation's highest court.

In 2002, another election that Sotomayor did not vote in, George Pataki won a third term, besting Democrat H. Carl McCall.

Her general election voting otherwise is steady, including in 2008, which swept Obama to the White House.

But the Bronx native and Greenwich Village resident did not vote for fellow judges running for State Supreme Court in 2007, 1999, and 1995, a city Board of Elections spokeswoman confirms.

The Obama administration declined to comment or to offer a reason for the judge's missed turns at the polls.

Sotomayor, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan, is not registered in a political party, leaving her unable to vote in September primaries.

The absence of votes could be used as fodder for Republicans seeking to scuttle her bid, or at least embarrass her and the Democratic commander in chief.

"They tend to throw the kitchen sink at whoever has been nominated, Republican or Democratic so I'm sure it will come up," said Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Russianoff was critical of Sotomayor's absence at the ballot box.

"People look to state officials, federal officials as role models that send a message to be involved in government, to be involved in this society," Russianoff said. "So it's unfortunate that she missed a bunch of elections."

For Republicans, it could be an opportunity to pounce on what some have already called a slam-dunk confirmation for Sotomayor.

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