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Heading into the election the incumbent is [[Jose E. Serrano]] (D), who was first elected to the House in 1990. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Serrano is running in the redrawn [[New York's 15th congressional district elections, 2012|15th district]], and [[New York's 17th congressional district elections, 2012|17th district]] incumbent [[Eliot Engel]] is running in the new 16th.
 
Heading into the election the incumbent is [[Jose E. Serrano]] (D), who was first elected to the House in 1990. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Serrano is running in the redrawn [[New York's 15th congressional district elections, 2012|15th district]], and [[New York's 17th congressional district elections, 2012|17th district]] incumbent [[Eliot Engel]] is running in the new 16th.
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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.
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Opponents of fusion voting argue that the process results in dealmarking to ensure that patronage is rampant.<ref>[http://wnymedia.net/wnymedia/buffalopundit/2010/05/electoral-fusion-ruins-new-york-some-more/ Electoral fusion ruins elections]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/elections/fusion-the-secret-weapon/ Working Family Party: Fusion voting]</ref>
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Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.
  
 
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Revision as of 20:18, 26 June 2012

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New York's 16th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Eliot Engel Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jose E. Serrano Democratic Party
Jose E. Serrano.jpeg

New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 16th congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 16th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline April 16, 2012. On January 27, 2012, Judge Gary Sharpe moved the primary date from September 11, 2012 to June 26, 2012 in order to allow for sufficient time to send absentee ballots to military voters.[1]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Jose E. Serrano (D), who was first elected to the House in 1990. Due to redistricting, Serrano is running in the redrawn 15th district, and 17th district incumbent Eliot Engel is running in the new 16th.

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.[2] 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.[3]

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 Eliot Engel Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph McLaughlin
Green Party Joseph Diaferia


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Conservative Party Conservative Primary

Note: William Britt Jr. and Joseph McLaughlin initially filed to run[5] but did not appear on the ballot.[6][7]

Working Families Party Working Families Primary

Green Party Green candidate


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. According to a report in the Washington Post political blog "The Fix," New York was one of the top 10 redistricting battles in the nation.[8]

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jose E. Serrano was re-elected to the United States House for an eleventh term. He defeated Frank Della Valle (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[9]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 16 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose E. Serrano Incumbent 86.4% 61,642
     Blank/Scattering 9.7% 6,949
     Republican Frank Della Valle 3.9% 2,758
Total Votes 71,349

See also

References