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Supreme Court won't hear political party challenge

Oct 03, 2023 12:11 pm

Luke Parsnow reports for New York State of Politics that political parties other than Democrats and Republicans are out of luck in New York, as the U.S. Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to New York's 2020 election reform laws that makes it more difficult for other political parties to get on the ballot. In the past, other political parties needed to earn 50,000 votes in the previous election to remain on the ballot, but that was raised to 130,000 in 2020. Since the law was passed, the Green Party and Libertarian Party did not reach meet the voting threshold for the 2020 elections, while the Conservative and Working Families parties did stay on the ballot. The Supreme Court, in refusing to hear an appeal on the law, said, "New York’s historic threshold increases are not severely burdensome because they remain at or under 2% of the electorate and allow the continued existence of two fusion parties, but disregarded critical facts demonstrating the severe burdens imposed on minor parties that do not nominate by fusion, including Petitioners." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.

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