Elections in New York

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Unlike in most states, New York electoral law permits electoral fusion. As a result, New York ballots tend to list a large number of political parties. The endorsement of major party candidates by smaller parties can be important since smaller parties often use this ballot feature to offer a candidate an additional line on the ballot.

Qualified parties[edit]

Parties that qualified from the 2006 New York gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Eliot Spitzer 2,740,864 62.85 +30.41
Republican John Faso 1,105,681 25.35 −21.51
Independence Eliot Spitzer 190,661 4.37 −10.32
Conservative John Faso 168,654 3.87 −0.11
Working Families Eliot Spitzer 155,184 3.56 +1.52

Parties that received at least 50,000 votes in the last New York gubernatorial election qualify for automatic statewide ballot status. This also determines the order on the ballot. There are a number of minor parties in New York State which do not qualify for ballot status.

After the 2010 elections, these parties with ballot access were joined by a sixth party, the Green Party.

Election law in New York[edit]

New York law states that only individuals enrolled in a particular party can vote in that party's primaries. The enrollment of a voter can be changed from one party to another. However, enrollment changes do not take effect until after the subsequent general election.

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Statewide elections[edit]

Local elections[edit]

Elected officials[edit]

Topical articles[edit]

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