New York 9/13 (State) Primary: At a Glance


New York has the honor of having the last primary before the November midterms. They had their federal primary earlier this summer; on Thursday, September 13 it will be time for the primary for all the state-level races.

If you’re a voter in New York, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Get a sample ballot here: 411Vote

New York Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration:
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Absentee voting info here

New York State Politics: A Snapshot
• Voted +22 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (D)
>>> State Senate Majority caucus: 31 (R) plus 1 (D); Minority caucus 31 (D)
>>> State Assembly 104 (D) – 41 (R) – 1 (I)  plus four vacant seats

Key Races

The sitting governor, Andrew Cuomo (D), is seeking a third term. The governor’s seat is considered to be Safe Democratic but the media has been paying a lot of attention to this race. The Democratic candidates are:

Andrew Cuomo – website
Cynthia Nixon – website

Barbara Underwood is temporarily the Attorney General, after Eric Schneiderman resigned in May. There are four Democratic candidates:

Leecia Eve – website
Letitia “Tish” James – website
Sean Patrick Maloney – website
Zephyr Teachout – website

All 63 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. The Republicans have control of the Senate due to several Democrats caucusing with the GOP. A good, short explanation of the shifting power in the Senate can be found here. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here (scroll down a bit for the list).

All 150 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. There are 41 Assembly districts that intersect “pivot counties,” i.e. ones that voted for Obama then Trump. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here (scroll down a bit for the list).

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: New York Elections 2018 To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the STATE Democrats.

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