Election Results 2016

The Nov. 8 election generated high interest: About 70 percent of voters in Dutchess (69) and Putnam (71) turned out, compared to 62 percent statewide. The race for Philipstown Town Justice drew a 74 percent turnout, with more than 5,100 ballots cast.

As in past elections, None of the Above made a strong showing, with 48,000 voters in the state declining to make a choice for president, and 345,000 expressing no preference for U.S. senator. In that race and others down ballet, the incumbents prevailed overall by comfortable margins.

*Incumbent

President (4 years) Putnam Dutchess New York State
Clinton (D) 17,363 (39%) 56,874 (46%) 4,145,271 (58%)
Trump (R) 25,241 (56%) 58,163 (48%) 2,637,759 (37%)
Johnson (Ind., Lib.) 1,039 3,304 162,117
Stein (Green) 543 1,858 100,029
Write-in 357 1,271 61,187
None of the above 250 914 48,048 (>1%)

15,346 of 15,391 districts reporting

U.S. Senator (6y) Putnam Dutchess Overall
Schumer (D)* 22,449 (50%) 67,010 (55%) 4,790,743 (67%)
Long (R) 19,077 (43%) 45,762 (37%) 1,865,788 (26%)
Wilson (Green) 477 1,799 102,395
Merced (Lib.) 313 936 43,903
Write-in 11 48 3,287
None of the above 2,436 (5%) 6,790 (6%) 345,195 (5%)

15,346 of 15,391 districts reporting

Congress 18th (2y) Putnam Dutchess Overall
Maloney (D)* 19,827 (44%) 36,438 (52%) 149,056 (51%)
Oliva (R) 21,031 (47%) 28,054 (40%) 120,967 (41%)
Write-in 7 31 93
None of the above 3,929 (9%) 6,133 (9%) 24,816 (8%)

All districts reporting

NY Senate 41 (2y) Putnam Dutchess Overall
Gipson (D) 6,927 (42%) 46,993 (42%) 53,920 (42%)
Serino (R)* 8,555 (51%) 59,799 (53%) 68,354 (53%)
Write-in 4 57 61
None of the above 1,140 (7%) 5,843 (5%) 6,983 (5%)

All districts reporting

Assembly 95 (2y) Putnam Overall
Galef (D)* 5,795 (52%) 35,566 (62%)
Purdy (R) 4,205 (37%) 15,331 (29%)
Write-in 4 26
None of the above 1,229 (11%) 4,990 (9%)

District covers parts of Putnam and Westchester counties

Assembly 104 (2y) Dutchess Overall
Skartados (D)* 10,009 (68%) 26,023 (61%)
Banuchi (Con.) 1,670 (11%) 6,293 (15%)
Write-in 19 29
None of the above 3,025 (20%) 10,364 (24%)

District covers parts of Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties

“None of the above” indicates no vote was cast. “Vote unclear” indicates the ballot was spoiled, such as when someone votes for both candidates.

Source: New York State Board of Elections

Other contested results

Putnam County Legislature, District 6 (Southeast, 3-year term)

Cassidy (D) – 2,027 (40%)
Jonke (R) – 3,046 (60%)

Putnam County Judge (10-year term)

Capone (D) – 15,684 (38%)
Reitz (R)* – 25,705 (62%)

Philipstown Town Justice (4-year term)

Linson (D) –  2,678 (55%)
Thorpe (R) – 2,155 (45%)
Write-in: 4; No vote recorded: 331


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One thought on “Election Results 2016

  1. I believe the editor makes a serious mistake albeit a common one where a ballot which has not been marked for a specific race is interpreted to indicate a vote for “None of the Above.” In fact there is no category on the ballot I saw which is meant to be used to indicate a voter’s preference for “None of the Above.”

    It simply means there is no recognizable mark on the ballot for the race for the specific office.

    The lack of a marking on a ballot for a specific race may mean the voter has no preference for either of the allowed “balloted” candidates and has no write-in candidate prepared. Or it may indicate a lack of interest in the specific race.

    Unfortunate the subjective interpretation of election results by reporters or by editors are reported thusly.

    While in the notes at the end of the results indicate:

    … “None of the above” indicates no vote was cast.

    Why not simply indicate the rows in question as “No Vote Cast”?