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New York Democrats Highly Energized Going Into November Election

For Immediate Release: October 28, 2022

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New York, NY - Today, the New York State Democratic Party announced a record share of absentee ballot returns from registered Democrats across the state at this point in the election cycle, pointing to signs of high levels of enthusiasm among New York Democrats in this year’s election.

The announcement comes after early voting initiatives spearheaded by the New York State Democratic Party across the state led to a substantially higher turnout share than at any point during 2018 or 2020. 

So far, more than 108,000 ballots have been returned for Democrats compared to the same day in 2018 when only 19,000 ballots were returned. Compared to Republicans, Democrats have returned ballots at a 3:1 ratio, signaling a passionate and fired-up electorate. Of the ballots returned, 62% were from registered Democrats. In addition, 60% of the returned ballots are from women and registered Latinos, representing a larger margin of participants compared to 2020.

The New York State Democratic Party has established a coordinated campaign that includes more than 50 organizing staff members across the state working out of 19 field offices and has activated over 1,000 unique volunteers to knock doors and make phone calls. The coordinated campaign boasts a much larger organizing staff operation than in previous years, emphasizing the campaign’s commitment to connecting with New Yorkers on the ground and boosting Democrats up and down the ticket.

There are 58 GOTV Staging Locations across 23 counties where door-to-door canvassing events will take place from now through Election Day. In the final month of the campaign alone, the coordinated campaign will exceed four million voter contacts, over one million phone calls, and will have knocked on over half a million doors.

“We are seeing historic levels of Democratic absentee ballot returns, which point to high levels of enthusiasm among New York Democrats heading into the November election,” said New York Democratic Party Chairman Jay S. Jacobs. ”With our democracy, our fundamental rights, the safety of our communities, and our economic comeback all on the line this November, New York Democrats are energized more than ever before in recent history to cast their ballot for Governor Hochul and Democrats up and down the ballot.”