There's a New Ballot Order in NY State This Year

This week is the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.

In honor of that race, I thought we could talk about the new Ballot Order in New York State.

As you may already be aware, here in New York State candidates are allowed to run on multiple party lines, with all the votes being tallied at the end of the election cycle.  

But how do we decide what parties get entered into the field (on the ballot) automatically? And which party gets the #1 position (top of the ballot)?

 

In order for a party to be automatically included on the ballot in any given year, they must have received 50.000 votes in the previous gubernatorial election.  Ballot order is determined by how many votes were received on that line in the gubernatorial election.  

Unlike the Kentucky Derby, which has a random draw, New York gives the party with the most votes top billing, second most votes the second billing, and so forth.

Since 2011 (resulting from the 2010 gubernatorial), New York's ballot order has been as follows:

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Conservative
  • Working Families
  • Independence
  • Green Party

Beginning in 2015 (as a result of 2014's gubernatorial), the order has changed to this:

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Conservative
  • Green Party
  • Working Families
  • Independence
  • Women's Equality*
  • Reform Party*

* These two parties were formed in 2014 by Governor Cuomo and Rob Astorino respectively, and each received enough votes to stay on the ballot moving forward.  The Reform Party was originally the Stop Common Core party, but they renamed themselves in February 2015.

So, what has changed this year?  The Green Party jumped up two spots to 4th from 6th.  The other previously established parties (Independence and Working Families) maintain their order beneath the Green Party, and Women's Equality and Reform round out the field.

Off to the races . . . 

 

 


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