The fate of New York’s cross-endorsing parties

Austin Cassidy reports at Uncovered Politics that the New York Taxpayers Party will probably not qualify for a ballot line:

In New York, which allows fusion, it seems that finding statewide results broken down by party is nearly impossible. The state’s Board of Elections certainly doesn’t do it. Their idea of election night reporting is a letter explaining why they won’t bother, because it’s very hard to collect such information and report it.

Read more about Uncovered Politics’ methodology and conclusions here.

Update Note from Paulie: the first version of this story on IPR inadvertently left out the “not” in “not qualify,” although anyone who followed the link to the source would have seen it was my mistake.

Anyway…back to our original story…

And at Ballot Access News, Richard Winger writes:

Incomplete Data from New York Gubernatorial Race Seems to Suggest that Independence Party Fell to Fifth Row on Ballots

New York’s law on the order of political parties on the ballot is somewhat more famous than similar laws in other states. Many political junkies know that parties in New York appear on the ballots in party columns, or party rows, in order of how many votes they received in the last gubernatorial election.

Preliminary election returns seem to suggest that the Independence Party has moved from the third line, to the fifth line. See this story. This is because its gubernatorial vote total was apparently lower than it has ever been. The Conservative Party seems to have moved from the fourth line to the third line, and the Working Families Party from the fifth line to the fourth line.

All three of these parties nominated a major party nominee for Governor this year. The Conservative Party cross-endorsed the Republican nominee, Carl Paladino. The Working Families and Independence Parties cross-endorsed the Democratic nominee.

No New York media ever seems to explore the idea that the entire system of determining the order of party columns in New York might be unconstitutional. Courts in California, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oklahoma, in the past have struck down laws on the order of party columns on the ballot, or the order of candidates on the ballot, although not all of these decisions struck down laws that are identical to New York’s law. Thanks to Bill Van Allen for the link.

3 thoughts on “The fate of New York’s cross-endorsing parties

  1. pete healey

    I have talked to staffers for the election law committee chairs in both the assembly and senate, and one was unsympathetic and the other unaware of the refusal of both the state and New York City election boards to pubish unofficial results, while the 57 other counties in the state do it within hours of the closing of the polls. Remember here that when HAVA was voted on in October, 2002, the vote in the US Senate was 92-2, with Clinton and Schumer casting the only “No” votes. That should tell you all you need to know.
    And the Taxpayer Party will probably NOT get ballot status. That party polled just 2%(4355) in Buffalo, Paladino’s home, barely 1.5% (3229) in nearby Rochester, and 342 (.3%) in Dutchess County, in the Hudson Valley. They almost certainly received negligible numbers in the New York City area, and about 1.25% overall was required to gain ballot status this time.

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