Six measures were certified for the November 5, 2013 statewide ballot in New York. Five of the measures were approved by voters, and one - Proposal 6 - was defeated.
New York's state legislative session began January 9, 2013, and went into recess on June 22, 2013, ending the period in which the legislature could place measures on the ballot. All six measures were legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, and in an unusual turn of events, four were passed unanimously by both chambers of the state legislature.
Topics on the ballot included: budgets, veterans, state judiciary, forests and parks and gambling.
Proposal 1 was by far the widest-covered by media and most discussed ballot measure of 2013 in New York. The measure drew criticism to the state's methods of writing ballot measure language, how the measures are ordered on the ballot and the process' transparency. First, the measure's language and precedent rewriting had been deemed controversial by opponents and some supporters, but no individual or government agency came forward as the rewriter of the measure's language. Second, ballot measures have "customarily" been placed on the ballot in order of approval by the state legislature, but in 2013 they were not. Third, when the measure's rewording was approved, the public was not made aware of this until after the date in which a lawsuit against the measure could commence.
The following table compares the order and date of passage of the measures by the legislature to the order of the measures on the ballot:
| Order of Passage
|| Order on Ballot
| Proposal 2 (March 18)
|| Proposal 1
| Proposal 3 (June 13)
|| Proposal 2
| Proposal 4 (June 19)
|| Proposal 3
| Proposal 5 (June 19)
|| Proposal 4
| Proposal 1 (June 21)
|| Proposal 5
- Since 1996, an average of 2 measures have appeared on the ballot in New York. Therefore, 2013 was an above average year.
- 2013 has the most measures out of any year since 1996. In 1997, there were four measures on the ballot.
- Since 1996, 8 of 15 or 53.3% of New York ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 7 of 15 or 46.7% of statewide bond questions have been defeated since 1996.
On the ballot
Summary of campaign spending
Below is a table that summarizes the campaign contributions to both the campaigns for and against New York’s 2013 ballot measures:
Not on ballot
In New York, a majority vote is required in two successive sessions of the New York State Legislature in order to qualify an amendment for the statewide ballot. The following measures were not on the ballot because they were only passed by one chamber or during one session.