In New York State, third parties earn their status during the Governor’s race. If a party receives 50,000 votes for its Governor candidate, that party is listed on the NY voter registration forms, and is a party with automatic ballot status. In the 2010 Governor’s race, the Green Party was the only third party in New York State to achieve automatic ballot status by running its own candidate. As a result, the Green Party is listed on the new voter registration form, recently published on-line. (The Libertarian Party came close to achieving the goal, but fell short by a few thousand votes.)
If a party submits petitions for Governor, and its candidate appears on the ballot, but does not receive 50,000 votes, that party is not listed on the voter registration forms. Though, importantly, the Board of Elections must keep track of all the voters who write the name of that party (which is actually an “independent political body”) on the line marked “other”. With the 2010 Governor’s race, the parties in this category, who will now have enrollees recorded with the Board of Elections are: The Anti-Prohibition Party, The Freedom Party; The Libertarian Party; and The Rent Is Too Damn High Party. People may also write the name of any party on the “other” line, but the Board of Elections does not have to keep track of these extra party names.
Besides the Green Party of New York State, all the other parties listed on the voter registration form are major parties, or parties who cross-endorsed a major party candidate for Governor in 2010. So, also on the form are: The Conservative Party, The Democratic Party, The Independence Party, The Republican Party, and The Working Families Party.
The new form is available as a PDF with the new format and party list. Though, some on-line forms still show an older version. For the updated form, go to the new PDF version: here.