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.