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Connections: Understanding the impact of New York State's new election rules on third parties

Oct 7, 2020

This year's state budget included new election rules that will affect third parties. Under the new provisions, political parties in New York must earn at least 130,000 votes -- or two percent of the total vote, whichever is greater -- in the last preceding election for governor, and the same for its candidate for president in a year when a president is elected. Third party officials and members say the rules are unfair.

We explore the issue this hour with our guests:

  • Sochie Nnaemeka, director of the Working Families Party in New York
  • Alex White, member of the Green Party and former candidate for office
  • Lauren Hall, member of the Libertarian Party, and associate professor of political science at RIT