Campaign Panel’s Proposal Threatens New York’s Minor Parties

Chris Bragg in the Times Union: “Drawing howls of protest from minor political parties and good-government groups, the commission empowered with rewriting state campaign laws voted Monday to make it substantially more difficult for minor parties to secure a place on the state ballot.

The nine-member commission’s main charge, conferred on it by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo earlier this year, has been to write rules establishing New York’s new publicly financed elections system. But the debate over its redesign of the “fusion voting” system, which gives third parties the ability to cross-endorse candidates if they hit the certain vote thresholds, has sucked up much of the public attention to its work.”

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