New York elections, 2013

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Contents
1 2013 elections
1.1 Special elections
2 Voting in New York
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



New York

New York election information for 2013 is listed below.

On the 2013 ballot
No regularly scheduled elections in New York.
Exceptions include special elections.
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U.S. Senate Defeatedd
U.S. House Defeatedd
State Executives Defeatedd
State Senate Defeatedd
State House Approveda
Ballot measures Approveda
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November 5, 2013
Election Results

2013 elections

There are several special elections scheduled in 2013 for the state of New York.

Special elections

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State Assembly

See also: New York state legislative special elections, 2013

State Assembly District 2

Rep. Daniel Losquadro (R) resigned in March after being elected Superintendent of Highways in Brookhaven Town.[1]. A special election was called for November 5, 2013, which Anthony Palumbo won.[2][3]

State Assembly District 86

Rep. Nelson Castro (D) resigned on April 8, 2013 following his role in the bribery scandal that saw fellow Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D) charged. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an election concurrent with municipal elections on November 5. An open primary took place on September 10, which Victor Pichardo won.[4] Pichardo, Rene Santos and Jose Marte faced off on November 5 special election, which Pichardo won.

State Assembly District 53

Rep. Vito Lopez (D) resigned on May 20 amidst a sex scandal. An open primary was held on September 10, which Maritza Davila won.[5][6] Davila and Jason Otano faced off in the November 5 special election, which Davila won.
Related: See election information and results here.

Statewide ballot measures in New York

See also: New York 2013 ballot measures

Six measures were certified for the November 5, 2013 statewide ballot in New York.

New York's state legislative session began January 9, 2013, and went into recess on June 22, 2013, meaning no further ballot measures may be submitted by the legislature.[7] 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.

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposal 1 Gambling Allows casino gambling statewide Approveda
LRCA Proposal 2 Veterans Gives veterans with combat-related disabilities extra points when competing for civil service promotions Approveda
LRCA Proposal 3 Budgets Allows municipalities to continue exceeding their debt limits for sewage facilities Approveda
LRCA Proposal 4 Forests and parks Attempts to solve a dispute with private landowners over property in the Adirondack forest preserve Approveda
LRCA Proposal 5 Forests and parks Allows a land exchange involving the Adirondack forest preserve with NYCO Minerals Approveda
LRCA Proposal 6 State judiciary Raises the mandatory judicial retirement age in the state to 80 Defeatedd
Related: 2013 ballot measures

Voting in New York

See also: Voting in New York
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Important voting information

  • New York uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
  • As of December 2014, New York is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website. New York's online registration is paperless from the user's experience, but it is not fully automated. The voter fills out the online form and submits it electronically to the DMV. The DMV then attaches a digital signature, prints it out and sends it on for processing and review before the voter is added to the statewide database.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in New York, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

New York is one of eight states which allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are available (at least 32 days before election day) and ends the day prior to the election. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.[8][9]

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[8]

  • 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

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

New York ranked 50th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. New York received an overall score of 45 percent.[10]

See also

References