Currently, more than 3.5 million New Yorkers are not enrolled in a political Party, nearly 400,000 more voters than are enrolled in the Republican, Conservative, and Working Families Parties COMBINED. Many of these voters were thrown out of a Party in 2020.
Less than 30 percent of general elections for state Legislature are competitive in New York state; 70 percent of elections are actually decided in the primaries that millions of voters are excluded from, a number that continues to rise. Our friends at Open Primaries outlined just how big of a problem this is in New York early in 2021.
In the dead of night and under the auspice of a COVID relief bill, the Governor and Legislature effectively killed off five minor Parties, throwing 500,000 New Yorkers that had registered out of their Parties. This was done by making ballot access incredibly more difficult — TRIPLING the number of signatures required to get a candidate on the ballot and making it nearly impossible to create or maintain a minor party.