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Sun Mar 3, 2019, 11:37 AM

 

NY Democratic committee to consider ban on 'fusion voting'

Source: Newsday

The state Democratic Party Committee will convene Monday in Westchester County in part to consider a ban on fusion voting — the practice, rarely used in other states, which allows candidates to appear on multiple ballot lines under the endorsement of multiple parties.

Jay Jacobs, the incoming state party chairman and current Nassau County Democratic chairman, backs the ban and believes it has a chance of passing the committee. But the bigger question is whether state legislators will be spurred by the vote and actually approve a law to prohibit fusion voting.

As deployed in New York, fusion voting typically means minor parties endorsing a major-party candidate. Think about the Working Families Party endorsing Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last year and the Conservative Party backing Republican Marc Molinaro.

Read more: https://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/cuomo-jacobs-democratic-party-1.27929485

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Reply NY Democratic committee to consider ban on 'fusion voting' (Original post)
Yosemito Mar 2019 OP
brooklynite Mar 2019 #1
Power 2 the People Mar 2019 #3
KPN Mar 2019 #2
eggplant Mar 2019 #4
Habibi Mar 2019 #5

Response to Yosemito (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 03:34 PM

1. That would be a huge change and would likely put the Working Families Party out of business

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 04:21 PM

3. That's obviously the intent.

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Response to Yosemito (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 04:17 PM

2. We have fusion voting here in Oregon. Not sure whether this is good or bad. The Oregon WFP

endorsed Hillary in the 2016 GE, though Bernie in the primary. It seems like fusion is beneficial since it encourages more people to vote who otherwise might not, and at same time, not cast a 3rd party vote.

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Response to Yosemito (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 08:01 PM

4. I tend to vote the Dem candidate, but on a 3rd party line (usually WFP) when possible.

I'm really not understanding what is bad about this.

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Response to eggplant (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 09:25 PM

5. I do the same,

and I don't understand, either.

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