Capitol Watch: Fusion voting; Cuomo talks session priorities

In New York government news, the liberal Working Families Party is fighting what it says is an effort by Democrats to weaken third parties in the state.

Posted: Mar 3, 2019 6:35 AM
Updated: Mar 3, 2019 6:50 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In New York government news, the liberal Working Families Party is fighting what it says is an effort by Democrats to weaken third parties in the state.

Top Democrats could soon consider a party resolution supporting the elimination of so-called fusion voting. That's an odd ballot rule that allows third parties to cross-endorse major party nominees. It means the same politician's name may appear multiple times under multiple parties on the same ballot.

Critics say the practice is confusing, but supporters say it gives voters more choices and has helped third parties proliferate.

Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his top priorities for the rest of the legislative session include criminal justice reforms, the approval of new congestion tolls in Manhattan and the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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