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Green Party of New York: “Open” primaries are not the answer

Green Party Watch, April 21st, 2016:

gpnys_logoOn Monday, the day before competitive Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in New York, the Green Party of New York said, “We are not surprised by reports of would-be voters in tomorrow’s presidential primary discovering that they do not, in fact, belong to the party to which they registered. Many of our members experienced similar frustrations when attempting to register Green. But the solution to this and other threats to democracy in New York is not so-called ‘open’ primaries, as proposed in a newly-announced lawsuit, but comprehensive voting reforms to support multiparty democracy and a board of elections that operates free from partisan control.”

The GPNY said, “‘Open’ primaries funnel unaffiliated voters into the corrupt, undemocratic duopoly parties instead of building the grassroots parties we so desperately need,” and “only serve the short-term interests of unaffiliated voters at the expense of party members who spend time and energy building a fighting organization with a coherent platform and agenda.”

Press release from the Green Party of New York, from its website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Michael O’Neil | Green Party of NY Staff | 917-825-3562 | michael@gpny.org
Gloria Mattera | Green Party of NY Co-Chair | 917-886-4538 | chair@gpny.org

New York (April 18, 2016)–The Green Party of New York (GPNY) has issued the below statement in response to frustrated voters calling for “open” primaries in the state of New York, and the recent lawsuit filed to that effect. GPNY will not participate in the April 19th Primary Election for president, and instead New York Greens will vote for the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nominee at a June 11 state nominating convention in Troy, NY (with a mail-in ballot available for Greens who cannot attend). The Green Party of the United States national convention will take place in Houston, TX from August 4-7. The winner of the GPUS nomination will appear on the November 8 General Election ballot for all New York voters.

STATEMENT FROM GPNY:

We are not surprised by reports of would-be voters in tomorrow’s presidential primary discovering that they do not, in fact, belong to the party to which they registered. Many of our members experienced similar frustrations when attempting to register Green.

But the solution to this and other threats to democracy in New York is not so-called “open” primaries, as proposed in a newly-announced lawsuit , but comprehensive voting reforms to support multiparty democracy and a board of elections that operates free from partisan control.

“Open” primaries funnel unaffiliated voters into the corrupt, undemocratic duopoly parties instead of building the grassroots parties we so desperately need. And in a “fusion” voting state like New York, with the odious “Opportunity to Ballot” provision that can force parties to cross-endorse non-members, “open” primaries could obliterate the progress of third parties by flooding them with non-members intent on backing duopoly candidates.

“Open” primaries only serve the short-term interests of unaffiliated voters at the expense of party members who spend time and energy building a fighting organization with a coherent platform and agenda. Should someone who is not a member of a union be allowed to vote for who will be the president of that union? Of course not: a fundamental element of the right to freely assemble is the ability to set reasonable criteria to establish who is a member and who is not.

GPNY welcomes allies from all parties and perspectives in the fight for truly democratic reforms such as:

  • End partisan control of the Board of Elections and institute rigorous transparency to banish the patronage, unprofessionalism and incompetence resulting from the current system
  • Same-day voter registration for general elections and eventually move to a more European-style system where citizens of age are automatically registered to vote by default, instead of “opt-in” registration.
  • Move the deadline for party affiliation changes to at least 90 days before the first primary election of the year
  • Eliminate gerrymandering, which allows single-party domination of districts and makes general elections seem perfunctory, by instituting an independent redistricting commission
  • Proportional representation to end the disenfranchisement of voters who support third parties and independent candidates in general elections
  • Eliminate the “Opportunity to Ballot” rule and reform “fusion” voting so that candidates are not incentivised to put their name on as many ballot lines as possible in every election

You want reform? So do we. We must work together to institute real reforms that allow grassroots, democratically-run parties to grow without interference.

Gp.org: Green Party of Brooklyn stands for peace

From the Green Party’s website, GP.org, March 23rd, 2016:

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The Green Party of Brooklyn joined anti-war and veteran’s groups this past Saturday, March 19 for a silent vigil on the 13th anniversary of the war against Iraq. Join us this spring as we ramp up actions and organizing in preparation for electoral campaign fever! Continue reading

Green Party candidates running against Republican incumbents for New York State Assembly

From the Green Party’s website, March 15th, 2016:

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GLENS FALLS — Life just got more complex for two members of the New York North Country’s state legislature. Continue reading

Green Robin Barkenhagen announces State Assembly campaign

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From the Green Party’s website, March 17th, 2016:

A fresh perspective is needed in Albany to bring about ethics reform, said Green Party State Assembly candidateRobin Barkenhagen. Continue reading

New York Green state senate candidate Hirsh discusses his campaign

Green Party Watch, March 4th: 

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Seth Hirsh

New York’s Long Island Herald interviews Seth Hirsh, the Green Party nominee in the New York Ninth Senate District special election scheduled for April 19.

Hirsh, “an accountant who runs his private practice from his home, wants to impose a 1 percent tax, what he calls a stock transfer tax, on all Wall Street transactions that involve options and futures trading on essential commodities such as fuel, wheat and barley.” The funds “would pay for unfunded mandates and statewide county revenue sharing that would be used for infrastructure improvements and a new rail system from Albany to New York City. He also wants to create a state-charted bank that would also be funded by the stock transfer tax.”

He said, “I believe private banks are a complete rip off, a state-charted bank is not based on fees. I think it would be a big help like a federal credit union.”

Excerpt from the article:

North Woodmere resident Laurence “Seth” Hirsh said he is running as the Green Party candidate in the special election to fill the vacant 9th Senate District seat in the State Legislature “to eliminate corruption in Albany.”

“He’s well-versed in economic issues, studied the state issues focusing on taxes as he’s an accountant and ran previously for legislator,” said Nassau County Green Party Chairman Jim Brown, explaining why Hirsh was selected as their candidate. Hirsh lost to County Legislator Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) in last year’s Democratic primary.

Incumbent State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and Republican candidate and Hewlett Harbor resident Christopher McGrath, both attorneys, are also running in the special election to be held on April 19, the day of the presidential primary in New York state, for the State Senate’s 9th District seat vacated by Dean Skelos after his December conviction on corruption charges.

Former Green Party candidate for New York Governor Howie Hawkins arrested at protest

From Green Party Watch, January 27th, 2016:

Longtime Green Party activist Howie Hawkins was arrested Tuesday for his participation in the We Are Seneca Lakeblockade against the Crestwood gas storage facility in upstate New York. According to the Green Party of New York, Hawkins “joined a U.S. armed forces veterans contingent in a human chain across the entrance to Crestwood Midstream on Route 14.” Hawkins is a Marine veteran who “remained active in the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements” during his service. Continue reading