Nothing less than democracy in New York is at stake in this year’s election. That’s why I am voting for Howie Hawkins and the Green Party.
Most voters don’t realize it, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature rammed through a provision in the budget in April – at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown – that requires political parties to receive 130,000 votes, or 2 percent, of the vote, whichever is higher, for their presidential ticket or lose ballot access entirely. They also made it three times as hard to collect signatures to get back on the ballot should parties lose access.