This year, the Governor of New York cooked up a plan to make it far harder for any third parties in the state to have a line on the ballot during elections. A long-standing rule in Empire State election law set a minimum bar for how many voters needed to mark their ballot on a third party’s line during a presidential election. If they managed to meet that minimum, then they would automatically be on the ballot in subsequent years through the following presidential race. If they didn’t, they would have to go through the tedious process of collecting a sufficient number of signatures to get back on the ballot next time. But Andrew Cuomo used his control of the process to more than double the number of votes that would be required. The two biggest parties that came under threat were the Conservative Party of New York State and the very liberal Working Families Party. Election day came, however, and delivered some bad news for Cuomo. Both parties exceeded the required total and will keep their ballot lines. (NY Post)
Kudos to the Conservative and Working Families parties for frustrating Gov. Cuomo’s bid to kill them off.
The gov engineered an out-of-the-blue rewrite of state election law, making it far harder for minor parties to earn an automatic line on ballots for the next four years.
Cuomo has resented the WFP since it dumped him in 2018 in favor of the far-left-leaning Cynthia Nixon. So he got the commission that was writing new campaign-finance rules to strike…
But both parties did it — getting votes on their lines for Donald Trump and Joe Biden, respectively.
As noted, the old minimum required the party to have 50,000 votes cast on their line. It seems like a reasonable number because it allows for some serious competition against the Democrats and Republicans without expanding the ballot to be the size of a short novel with hundreds of spurious parties that may only have a few hundred (or a few dozen) supporters and no chance of significantly influencing the election. But Cuomo had the commission in charge of writing the campaign finance rules amend that requirement so the party would need 2 percent of the state’s total presidential vote or 130,000 votes, whichever is higher.