Hawkins and Sharpe are running for governor again, but not on the ballot
Chris Churchill reports in the Times Union that for the first time since 1946, New York's governor's election will only list two choices on the ballot. Republican Lee Zeldin and Democrat Kathy Hochul are not the only ones running for governor, however. A few years ago, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo forced through changes that made it much more difficult for third-party and independent candidates to get on the ballot in New York. This is the first year where those changes are keeping others off the ballot. Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee who received 104,000 votes in the 2018 governor's race, is running again, but not on the ballot. "The Democrats and Republicans don’t represent all of us," said Hawkins. "You need more than two choices to have a real debate." Hawkins and Libertarian Larry Sharpe are both not on the ballot, and not invited to the single debate between Hochul and Zeldin even though both candidates received more than 100,000 votes in the last election for governor. A state appeals court turned down Libertarian efforts to get their candidate back on the ballot. Gov. Kathy Hochul has ignored all pleas to switch back to the old rules where other candidates, not just Democrats and Republicans, appear on the ballot. Read more about this story in the Times Union.