New York

The Empire State

Excelsior (Ever Upward)


New York voters cast 8,690,139 ballots in the 2020 general election, putting overall state turnout at about 63.6%.  Almost two (2) million people requested absentee ballots, an increase of 8,779% from 2016.  The state swung heavily for President Joe Biden, who won its 29 electoral votes with 60% of the popular vote. New York has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1984.

New York has a bicameral legislature with 63 senators and 150 assemblymen. The legislature is in session annually from January to June, and Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 2018.  Prior to that, Republicans held a majority in the state senate every year between 1992 and 2018, except for 2009-2010.  Democrats have held the majority in the state assembly every year since at least 1992.

New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo (D), is up for re-election in 2022, despite calls for his early resignation due to sexual harassment allegations.



Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseAbsence, illness/disability, patient care at a Veteran's Administration hospital, incarceration, or awaiting trial.COVID-19 considered an acceptable excuse.SB0360 institutes no-excuse absentee voting.

Unless this resolution passes, the current law requiring an excuse to vote by absentee ballot remains the law
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineSeven days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

New York averages a 32% rating, reflecting its more left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.