The 1943 New York state election was held on November 2, 1943, to elect the Lieutenant Governor and a judge of the New York Court of Appeals.Background
On April 30, 1943, Edward R. Finch resigned from the Court of Appeals. On May 12, Governor Thomas E. Dewey appointed Thomas D. Thacher to fill the vacancy temporarily.On July 17, 1943, Lieutenant Governor Thomas W. Wallace died, and Temporary President of the State Senate Joe R. Hanley became Acting Lieutenant Governor. The question arose if the vacancy should be filled and how to proceed. The wording of the 1937 amendment to the State Constitution, which had increased the terms in office of the assemblymen to two years, and of the statewide elected officers (Governor, Lt. Gov., Comptroller and Attorney General) to four years, apparently left the question in doubt. The New York Supreme Court at Albany ruled on August 14 that a special election needed to be held. This was upheld by the Court of Appeals unanimously on August
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