U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff will not go ahead and dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Working Families Party and Conservative Party that seeks to reform New York’s double voting policy, said a statement released today.
“Our voters have the right to stand up and be counted just like the others,” said Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party.
Until recently, New York used a lever system that only allowed the voter to select one party candidate – even though minor political party candidates run on both a major and minor political line. If a voter selected a candidate on two party lines, the vote would only count for the first party, either the Democrats or the Republicans.
“New York’s double voting policy hands votes to the major political parties at the expense of minor parties,” said Mike Long, state chairman of the Conservative Party.
The suit will continue to move forward in wake of the 2012 elections. This comes as good news for the Working Families Party and the Conservative Party. State elections are used to determine if a party will remain on the ballot and where it would appear. Without at least 50,000 votes in previous elections, minor parties many not have a chance to appear on the ballot.