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April 17, 2013

Cuomo touts election reform

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Tonawanda News — “Today we are taking action where the Board of Elections has failed to act, and empowering a new enforcement unit with real teeth so the people of New York can have confidence in our electoral process,” Cuomo said in his statement.

The second proposal in Cuomo’s package would do away with a provision requiring candidates seeking to run on another party’s line to obtain the permission of the leaders of that party. 

The governor’s plan would instead require candidates seeking to run on a party ticket to gather signatures — a change Cuomo said would reduce corruption on the part of party bosses and offer voters a greater number of choices.

In the third proposal unveiled Tuesday, Cuomo suggests doing away with a provision meaning that voters or candidates desiring to change their party affiliation must wait until the next general election for the changes to take effect. Cuomo said the current laws prevent voters from participating in primaries among members of their chosen party for a full calendar year.

“New York’s current party enrollment laws are unnecessarily burdensome and out of sync with similar laws in most other states,” Cuomo said. “This requirement effectively bars potential candidates from enrolling in the political party whose line they want to run on during the year of the upcoming election, and instead requires them to have to seek the approval of party officials to secure the line.”

Instead, Cuomo’s proposal would allow changes in party affiliation to take place in three months.

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