In the Times Union, Chris Bragg reports “Leaders of 19 liberal organizations, including leading national grassroots groups, are calling for New York to keep its unique “fusion voting” system, which allows candidates to run on multiple political party ballot lines.
Some New York Democratic Party leaders have called for an end to fusion by the state Legislature this year, which critics says gives minor parties outsized influence.”
From David Lombardo at the Times Union: “Candidates in local elections might have a lower threshold to qualify for the ballot this year.
A change is being considered by state lawmakers in response to a new law that moved state and local primaries from September to June. It means candidates for local offices like in village, town or city races will have to start collecting signatures later this month to get on the ballot – four months earlier than usual.”