Overview and Live Results: New York Assembly District 20 Special Election

This week, we have an unusual Thursday special election to to fill a legislative vacancy.

New York State Assembly District 20

Democrats hold a large majority in the New York State Assembly. The party controls 106 seats, alongside 42 Republicans and one Independence Party member.

Members serve two-year terms. The next regularly scheduled elections will be in November. These will be contested using redistricted boundaries. Note that these new districts are being challenged in court. A judge ruled the maps unconstitutional on March 31. That decision has been stayed by a higher court while the appeal proceeds.

District 20 borders the New York City borough of Queens in southwestern Long Island. Republican Melissa Miller resigned in February after being appointed to the Hempstead town board. She won her third term by 59% to 41% in 2020.

Miller's prior wins were by single digit margins, including in 2016, when she flipped the district from Democratic control. It is unclear if this electoral history means we'll see a close special election or if the district has moved too far to the right for Democrats to compete.

There are two candidates on the ballot. Polls close at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

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