New York elections, 2013
New York election information for 2013 is listed below.
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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November 5, 2013
There are several special elections scheduled in 2013 for the state of New York.
State Assembly District 2
- Rep. Daniel Losquadro (R) resigned in March after being elected Superintendent of Highways in Brookhaven Town.. A special election was called for November 5, 2013, which Anthony Palumbo won.
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. 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. Davila and Jason Otano faced off in the November 5 special election, which Davila won.
Statewide ballot measures in New York
- See also: New York 2013 ballot measures
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. 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.
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.
|Proposal 1||Gambling||Allows casino gambling statewide|
|Proposal 2||Veterans||Gives veterans with combat-related disabilities extra points when competing for civil service promotions|
|Proposal 3||Budgets||Allows municipalities to continue exceeding their debt limits for sewage facilities|
|Proposal 4||Forests and parks||Attempts to solve a dispute with private landowners over property in the Adirondack forest preserve|
|Proposal 5||Forests and parks||Allows a land exchange involving the Adirondack forest preserve with NYCO Minerals|
|Proposal 6||State judiciary||Raises the mandatory judicial retirement age in the state to 80|
- Related: 2013 ballot measures
Voting in New York
- See also: Voting in New York
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.
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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
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.
- Patchogue Patch, "Losquadro Sworn In As Highway Super," March 14, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013
- riverheadlocal.com, "Second Assembly District race: McManmon vs. Palumbo," November 4, 2013
- hosted.ap.org, "Unofficial election results," November 5, 2013
- nydailynews.com, "Gov. Cuomo opts against special election for open Bronx Assembly seat," April 26, 2013
- Associated Press, "NY Assemblyman accused of sex harass resigns," May 18, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013
- theepochtimes.com, "Maritza Davila Wins Special Election for NY Assembly District 53," September 10, 2013
- MultiState.com, "2013 State Legislative Session Dates"
- Long Distance Voter "Early Voting Rules," accessed December 16, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
- Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014
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