New York's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Carolyn Maloney Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Nydia Velazquez Democratic Party
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New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New York has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by June 1. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 12, or October 26 in person.[1]

See also: New York elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Nydia Velazquez (D), who was first elected to the House in 1992. Due to redistricting, Valazquez will run for the 7th district; 14th district incumbent Carolyn Maloney will run in the new 12th.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New York's 12th congressional district is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes parts of New York City.[2]

Fusion voting

New York is one of eight states that have "electoral fusion" -- which allows more than one political party to support a common candidate. This creates a situation where one candidate will appear multiple times on the same ballot, for the same position. Electoral fusion was once widespread across the United States, but is now commonly practiced only in New York.

Opponents of fusion voting argue that the process results in dealmarking to ensure that patronage is rampant.[3] Proponents maintain that fusion voting allows for minor parties to actually make a difference during the election, allowing voters the opportunity to vote for a minority party platform but still affect the general election result.[4]

Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Carolyn Maloney Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Conservative Party Independence Party of America Christopher Wight


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative candidate

Working Families Party Working Families candidate

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Map of the 12th congressional district of New York before and after the 2010 redistricting. Click on the link for an interactive map of the congressional districts in New York. For an interactive map of the districts prior to the 2010 Census, click here.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New York

Following the results of the 2010 Census, New York lost two congressional seats, bringing its total number of representatives down from 29 to 27. A new map has yet to be finalized. According to a report in the Washington Post political blog "The Fix," New York is one of the top 10 redistricting battles in the nation.[6]

The 12th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

District history

2010

This is the 12th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Nydia Velazquez was re-elected to the United States House for a tenth term. She defeated Alice Gaffney (Conservative).[9]

United States House, New York General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNydia Velazquez Incumbent 79.1% 68,624
     Blank/Scattering 15.7% 13,647
     Conservative Alice Gaffney 5.2% 4,482
Total Votes 86,753

See also

References