While in the past, Unite NY has provided support to candidates during the election cycle, in 2023, our focus will shift to advocating for real legislative change in Albany and around the State.
Recent Polling by Unite NY (and confirmed by other independent polling outlets) shows that fewer than 40% of New Yorkers think the state is on the right track. At the same time, the 2022 election saw dreadfully low turnout, especially in the primaries. Our hypothesis is that if democracy is good, more democracy would be better. Unite NY believes that getting more candidates on the ballot, more voters participating in the process, and more opportunities for voices to be heard would yield better results.
- Fewer than 5% of enrolled GOP voters chose Lee Zeldin as their candidate of choice in June. About 9% of enrolled Democrats chose Kathy Hochul as their candidate of choice.
- Voters have said time and again that their votes and voices don’t matter.
- 2022’s Gubernatorial race was only the 2nd one in NYS history where there were only two choices on the ballot.
- Turnout in NYC actually went down – by more than 400,000 votes from 2018. Turnout was a mere 38% in New York City, where nearly ⅔ of the voters in a Democratic-heavy locale with a large population of people of color chose not to participate.
- Turnout among independent voters was also low, with only 37% of those not enrolled in a party voting. This represents more than two million New Yorkers choosing not to vote. The margin for victory in the election was 330,000.
To drive change in the system, restore faith in our voters, increase turnout and get better outcomes, Unite NY will advocate for More Voices, More Choices in 2023:
Initiative and Referendum
Ranked Choice Voting