Suppressing ballot access is a violation of voting rights
Albany Times Union, May 12, 2022
On April 19, members of the Green Party of New York began soliciting the 45,000 voters’ signatures they need to gather in 42 days by May 31 to place the party’s gubernatorial ticket of Howie Hawkins for governor and Gloria Mattera for lieutenant governor on the ballot. Thanks to Democratic legislators who tripled the signature and vote requirements for ballot access at the urging of then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the state budget package in April 2020, New York now has one of the most difficult independent nominating petition systems in the nation and the world.
Independent and new-party candidates for statewide office now have to get three times more signatures than the 15,000 that the major-party candidates have to get to qualify for their parties’ primaries for statewide office. The fundamental unfairness is apparent.