Monday, June 25, 2018

NYC Reform Party Hosting Write-In Candidate Congressional Semi-Closed Primary

The New York Reform Party is pulling off a Political Stunt on Tuesday, June 26th 2018, spanning Four Boroughs, 230 Polling Sites, and 5,000 Workers. The only Question is whether Voters will play along.

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-7th Congressional District) and Rep. José Serrano (D-15th Congressional District), are virtually Guaranteed to win Re-Election. They’re Longtime Incumbents in heavily Democratic Districts who aren’t facing Primary Challenges. Under normal circumstances, the New York City Board of Elections therefore wouldn’t Set-Up Polling Places in these Districts on Primary Day.

But this year, they will have to, since the Tiny Reform Party is hosting a Write-In Semi-Closed Primary. The Party is Opening it up to all Unaffiliated Voters, who don’t belong to a Political Party.

That means that 64,937 Independent Voters and 23 Reform Party Members in Velázquez’s District, which includes Manhattan’s Lower East Side, much of the Brooklyn Waterfront and Slivers of Southwest Queens, have the Option to Vote. In Serrano District the 46,081 Independents and 37 Reform Party Members in Serrano’s South Bronx District.

The Board of Elections didn’t respond to a Request for Comment, but the Daily News Reported that the Board will be running the 230 Polling Sites and Employing 5,000 Workers, at a Cost of $25 Million to run Elections in these Two Districts Despite their being No Actual Candidates on the Reform Ballot and No Challenges on the Democratic side.

The Reform Party says it’s meant to send a Message that current New York Election Law governing Partisan Primaries is Broken. “Part of my hope, quite frankly, is that people will see what a needless expense this is and we will call upon their state legislatures to fix this right away,” Reform Party Spokesman Frank Morano said.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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