Democracy demands elections that are fair and provide access for all voters, regardless of party affiliation. Simply put, for democracy to truly work, we must let all people vote. Unfortunately, in New York, that’s not the case.
Primary elections, which decide the candidate for a vast majority of elected positions in this state, are firmly in the hands of the party bosses of the state’s established parties— Republican and Democrat, along with the Conservative and Working Families parties. These party bosses unnecessarily restrict and prevent New Yorkers from enjoying a government that is representative of their voice by banning unaffiliated voters from some of the state’s most consequential elections