New York elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of New York is holding elections in 2012. Here are the dates of note:

  • Signature filing deadline: June 12, 2012 (Congress) and July 12, 2012 (State Legislature)
  • Primary date: June 26, 2012 (Congress only) & September 13, 2012 (State Legislatures). According to Douglas Kellner, co-chairman of the New York State Board of Elections, the split primary dates cost county governments an additional $50 million across the state.[1]
  • General election date: November 6, 2012
What's on the New York Ballot in 2012
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda
U.S. House (27 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd
State Senate (63 seats) Approveda
State House (150 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (0 measures) Defeatedd

2012 Elections

See also: United States Senate elections in New York, 2012

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is running for re-election.

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012

New York lost two U.S. House seats from redistricting. Currently, Democrats hold a 21-8 edge in the 29 Congressional districts.

Members of the U.S. House from New York -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 21 21
     Republican Party 8 6
Total 29 27
See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintain partisan control in the state senate.

New York State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 29 33
     Republican Party 33 30
Total 62 63

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintain partisan control in the state assembly.

New York State Assembly
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 99 105
     Republican Party 49 44
     Independence Party of New York 1 1
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 150 150

Eligibility to Vote

New York

Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

New York is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters must register to vote in the primary by June 1, 2012, which is 25 days before the primary took place .[2] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 20 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 will be October 17. The deadline by mail must be postmarked by October 12 and received by October 17. In person registration is available until October 26.[3] [4]

  • Voter ID required: Yes[5]
  • Residency requirements: Live at present address at least 30 days before an election[6]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you are:[7]

  • unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day
  • unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability
  • a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital
  • detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony[8]

—New York State Board of Elections


Absentee ballot applications must be mailed to the county board of elections no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election. A voter may also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to the county board of election. The letter must be received by the county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. An application form will be mailed with the absentee ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with the ballot.[7]

If sent by mail, the returned ballot must be postmarked by the day before the election and received no later than the seventh day after the election. If submitted in person, the ballot must be received by close of polls on Election Day.[9]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

New York is one of 14 states that do not permit no-excuse early voting.

See also