The full decision is posted as a pdf at Ballot Access News: here.
(excerpt from) Newsday
Court ruling a mutual setback for Conservatives, Working Families
by Dan Janison
Two ideological foes — the Conservative Party and Working Families Party — found common ground recently by jointly suing to change one of the aspects of the new voting system. The problem for both: When a voter marks the same candidate’s name but on two ballot lines, the machines count the vote — once — but put it in the tally of the larger political party…Thus minor parties could lose votes toward preserving their standing status on the ballot.
A court injunction has now been refused in the case — a setback for the odd-coupling of parties…
“This is obviously a crucial problem in the Gubernatorial race. If someone fills in both the D and WF ovals for Cuomo, it won’t count towards our 50,000 vote requirement.”…
For analysis of this decision by ballot access expert Richard Winger, see his post at Ballot Access News:
“U.S. District Court Judge Won’t Issue Injunction in Conservative/Working Families Party Case on How to Count Votes When Voter Double Votes” / October 17th, 2010