The 2020 general election in New York by the numbers: who's voting and what's at stake

Posted at 12:59 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 12:59:04-04

This year, New York State has almost 13 million voters-- 12,971,543 to be exact-- registered to participate in the general election on November 3.

Who's voting

More than half of New York's voters are registered Democrats, outnumbering registered Republicans by almost 4 million. Here's a breakdown of voter registration as of September (noting that registration remained open for the November election through October 9):

Party AffiliationNumber of VotersPercentage of Voters
Democrat 6,563,866 50.6%
Republican 2,843,69221.92%
Undeclared 2,822,10221.76%

However, 13 million registered voters does not mean 13 million votes on November 3.

In 2016's presidential election, voter turnout was 62.44%. Despite 12.5 million registered voters, only 7.8 million cast ballots.

Those who do vote in the election won't necessarily do so on the 3rd, either. As of late September, 1.2 million mail-in ballots have been requested, amounting to 9% of all registered voters in the state. Voters can also participate in early voting starting on October 24 at designated polling sites.

What's at stake

New York State has 29 electoral votes in the presidential election. While those votes have historically gone to the Democratic candidate, there are 18 "pivot counties" in New York-- counties which voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, and President Trump in 2016. Locally, Niagara County is among those counties.

In addition to the presidential race, New York has 27 congressional seats seeking re-election. Aside from the contentious New York 27th race in Western New York, there are seven other races to watch, in which seats could potentially change parties. They include:

  • NY-01 - Long Island
  • NY-02 - Long Island
  • NY-11 - Staten Island, southern parts of Brooklyn
  • NY-18 - Orange County, Putnam County, parts of Westchester and Dutchess County
  • NY-19 - Sullivan, Ulster, Columbia, Greene, Otsego, Scoharie, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Dutchess, Broome Counties
  • NY-22 - Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Cortland, Chenango, Broome, Tioga Counties
  • NY-24 - Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne Counties

To find out who's on your ballot, how and where to vote early, and find your election day polling site, check our Democracy 2020 voting guide.