Like many other things, this year’s election looked very different: Early Voting for the first time during a Presidential election and hundreds of thousands more absentee ballots than in a typical election. Now that all of the absentee, early voting, and election day ballots have been counted and we’d like to update you on results.
While the Presidential election was the biggest spotlight this election season, there were many close races up and down the ballot. A record number of candidates — 214 — sought our endorsement this year. We supported new, along with tried and true, candidates across the state. We endorsed candidates in 127 races – a record number for NYLCV. Nearly 90% of the candidates that we supported won their elections. And our relationships are growing as a record number of endorsed candidates — 114 — won their race and are our allies in Congress and the State Legislature in the upcoming session.
We’re proud to have helped Council Member Ritchie Torres of the Bronx win his election to Congress in District 15. We are thrilled to welcome all of the newly elected candidates we supported including Representatives-elect Jammal Bowman and Mondaire Jones, State Senators-elect Jabari Brisport, Samra Brouk, Jeremy Cooney, Michelle Hinchey, John Mannion, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, and Sean Ryan and State Assemblymembers-elect Khaleel Anderson, Keith Brown, Chris Burdick, Michael Durso, Gina Sillitti, Anna Kelles, Jen Lunsford, and Matt Simpson.
Voting for the environment is one of the most important ways to advocate for climate action, and we made it easy for New Yorkers to decide who to vote for.
This election was a significant step toward asserting the importance of the environment and a clean energy economy for voters. The strongest chance we have of tackling environmental issues is by engaging our elected officials. Voting for the environment is one of the most important ways that you can advocate for climate action and a sustainable future. Your votes helped fortify the power of the environment in elections, and asserts the importance of the conservation voter movement.
Our work is just beginning. It is vital that we keep this momentum up for future elections. We must continue to elect leaders who will fight for a sustainable future – in Washington, in Albany, and in our cities, counties and towns. We also need to build on our electoral work and hold our leaders accountable for their commitments to the environment.