New York Presidential Primary Information

Everything you need to know about this year’s New York presidential primary election:

The Democratic and Republican Party Presidential Primaries will both be held on Tuesday, April 19th in New York State. Only registered Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote in this Primary. 

Registered voters who are not enrolled in any party cannot vote in the presidential primary in New York. Today is the last day New Yorkers can mail in a registration form to vote in the presidential primary or register in person at a county board of elections office. 


How the Democratic and Republican Primaries Work:


  • How many delegates are at stake in New York? In New York, there are 291 Democratic delegates and 95 Republican delegates.


  • Is New York State a winner-takes-all state when it comes to delegates? No. Delegates are awarded to Democratic and Republican candidates proportionally based on the voting results in each New York congressional district.  


  • How are Democratic delegates selected in New York? Registered Democrats can vote for delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are from the congressional district where they live. These delegates, whose names are pledged on the ballot, are pledged to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. There will be 163 delegates elected from 27 congressional districts. The delegates are awarded proportionally to candidates based on the percentage of the vote they get in each district. But candidates have to win 15% of the vote castin a congressional district to win any delegates from that district. In addition, the state Democratic committee will select at-large delegates to go vote in the convention based on the statewide vote. In the Democratic National Convention, held July 25-28 in Philadelphia, a Democratic candidate must win 2,382 out of 4,763 delegates to become the Democratic nominee.


  • How are Republican Delegates selected in New York? In the Republican primary, the names of the delegates do not appear on the ballot. The delegates are selected by the Republican committee after the primary selection. Republican candidates can win up to 3 delegates in each of the 27 congressional districts. A candidate who receives the majority of the vote in a district wins all three delegates from there. If no candidate wins the majority of the vote, then the candidates with the most votes gets 2 delegates and the runner up gets one. The State Republican Committee will also elect at-large delegates to the national convention, who are then awarded proportionally to candidates based on the statewide primary election results. In the Republican National Convention, held in July, a Republican candidate must win 1,237 out of 2,472 delegates to become the Republican nominee.