Critic Of ‘Fusion’ Voting System Lands On Key Panel

Last weekend in the Times Union , Chris Bragg took a look at the inner workings of the state campaign finance panel: “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo rejects claims he’s plotting to eliminate the voting system that gives significant power to alternative political parties.

“Yeah, I know — and people think there’s still a Santa Claus, and people believe in the Easter bunny,” Cuomo said in a September radio interview when asked about whether he was angling to upend so-called “fusion” voting.

Yet records indicate that in creating a nine-member panel that’s now ironing out major changes to state campaign laws, the Cuomo administration quietly inserted a provision that allows Jay Jacobs, a longstanding critic of fusion voting, to be appointed by the governor.”

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