NY Times recommends filing fee in place of petitions

(excerpt from) The New York Times – an opinion piece
To Reform Albany: Start Here

Published: August 7, 2009

[Re: Election law in New York State] …Right now, the rules — on campaign finance, redistricting, even ballot access — overwhelmingly discourage competition. The good news is that New Yorkers are fed up…

OPEN THE BALLOT TO MORE CANDIDATES The rules for getting on a ballot in New York are absurd. Petitions must be signed in a very short time. A voter can sign only one candidate’s petition. There are too many names required. The state’s Board of Elections, which sets and enforces many of these rules, is filled with party hacks…

Candidates who can demonstrate genuine public support by paying a modest fee or collecting a modest number of signatures should be allowed to compete…

Comments from Ballot Access News:
New York Times Recommends Filing Fee In Place of Petitions for Candidate Ballot Access
August 8th, 2009

The New York Times print edition of August 8 has an editorial “To Reform Albany State Here”…The editorial asks for ballot access reform, campaign finance reform, and redistricting reform. The first point in the editorial, on ballot access, suggests a filing fee instead of a petition, for candidates to get on the ballot.

The New York Times has been criticizing New York state ballot access laws for decades, but it is believed that this is the first time the Times has called for a filing fee alternative to a petition.

2 thoughts on “NY Times recommends filing fee in place of petitions

  1. Dave Schwab

    Who would be in charge of passing such a reform? NYS ballot access laws are bad, but with the current crew in charge you have to worry about the kind of solution they’ll come up with.

    I don’t even want to know what King Bloomberg’s idea of a “modest filing fee” would be.

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