Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), a leading presidential candidate, criticized a proposal reportedly backed by the New York State Democratic Party’s chairman that would make it more difficult for third parties to get candidates on the ballot.
ADVERTISEMENTWarren called the proposal “deeply undemocratic.”
“This proposal comes from, of all places, a commission meant to improve our democracy. But attacking the @NYWFP is deeply undemocratic—and it will only benefit Republicans. No Democrat should allow this to pass,” Warren tweeted, referring to the New York Working Families Party.
This proposal comes from, of all places, a commission meant to improve our democracy. But attacking the @NYWFP is deeply undemocratic—and it will only benefit Republicans. No Democrat should allow this to pass. https://t.co/0uScG5T2Ll
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 29, 2019
According to The New York Times, state Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs proposed in a private email to a group of state commissioners reviewing New York election law that the state quintuple the number of votes a party needs to grab a spot on the ballot — from 50,000 to 250,000.
The Times notes that most minor parties have fallen short of collecting the 250,000 votes, including the Working Families Party. The only minor party to get more than 250,000 votes in recent years is the state’s Conservative Party, Times noted.
The Working Families Party endorsed Warren in her presidential bid last month.
Jacobs told the Times that the proposal is aimed at rooting out “sham” parties that he said trade spots on the ballot for political favors, though he did not name which parties he was referring to.
“A lot of people have been getting away with an awful lot for a long time,” Jacobs told the newspaper. “In my mind, it will be better overall if elections are run with only really credible parties.”
Jacobs also told the Times the details of the proposal were not yet final and said he hasn’t discussed it with the fellow commissioners that would have to approve it by a vote.
The Times reported that some observers have accused Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNo, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury Buffalo officials ask state to re-examine 2008 firing of black police officer who stopped white officer’s chokehold MORE (D) of trying to undermine the Working Families Party through Jacobs’s proposal.
“It’s not our proposal, but ultimately legislators would have the option to weigh in on what the commission ultimately decides,” Cuomo’s senior adviser, Richard Azzopardi, said in a statement to The Hill.
Spokespeople for Cuomo and the New York State Democratic Party were not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Hill in response to Warren’s tweet.
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