Sunday, November 22, 2020

New York Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright Wins Re-Election Even Though She Was Only on Ballot as an Independent

Ballot Access News

In the November 3 election, New York Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright was re-elected in the 76th Assembly district, even though she was only on the ballot as the nominee of an unqualified party, the “Rise and Unite” Party. The initial election returns show her with 16,151 votes. Her only opponent received 9,734 votes on the Republican line and 3,429 on the Liberal line.

She would have preferred to be the Democratic Party nominee, but she was knocked off the Democratic primary ballot earlier this year.

This is the first time anyone has been elected to the New York legislature without the nomination of a qualified party since 1970. In 1970, incumbent John J. Walsh was re-elected even though he was only on the ballot as the nominee of the “Upper Manhattan Apartment Building Party.” Walsh had lost the Democratic primary and had then petitioned using the independent candidate procedure.

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