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This Is Why I Hate Fusion Voting

by on September 16, 2010

Tuesday’s primary, while very interesting, had it’s meaningless moments.

Sam Hoyt’s narrow victory over Joe Golombek for the Democratic nomination didn’t end that contest, as Golombek will still be on the ballot in November on the Conservative Party line.

Pat Gallivan won the Republican nomination for the 59th district seat, but Jim Domagalski is still going to appear on the November ballot  on the Conservative and Independent lines.

Rick Lazio got clobbered by Carl Paladino, but, will also be on the ballot in November.

So, what’s the point of the primary if the loser gets on the general election ballot anyway?

And then there’s the situation with Greg Edwards and Tom Ognibene.

Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards said Thursday he expects his status as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor to be resolved Friday or Saturday as GOP gubernatorial nominee Carl P. Paladino attempts to unify his fractured presence on the November ballot.

Edwards, in Buffalo Thursday for the New York State Association of Counties annual meeting, said he has not yet spoken directly with Paladino.

“A lot of those conversations have to take place and I certainly will be involved,” he told The Buffalo News. “Right now, I’m focusing on the best decision for my family and the people of the state.”

Edwards finds himself in a strange situation. He won Tuesday’s primary for lieutenant governor as Rick Lazio’s running mate, so he is slated to appear on the general election ballot with Paladino after the Buffalo real estate developer beat Lazio.

But after Paladino established the Taxpayers line following his rejection by the Conservative Party earlier this year, he now finds himself running with Edwards on the Republican line and former New York City Councilman Thomas V. Ognibene on the Taxpayers line. State law does not allow the votes on both lines to be counted in the aggregate because of the two different candidates for lieutenant governor.

Can someone explain to me how all this crap somehow benefits the people? People can bitch and moan about the two-party system all they want, but how is this better. These minor party lines have become back-door entries onto the November ballot. I’ve written about this before, because it causes problems every election. Whether it’s one of the bigger third parties, or one of the parties-by-petition like Carl Paladino’s Taxpayer line, or Kathy Konst’s failed attempt at the Integrity line when she ran for Volker’s seat two years ago, it is not worth it.

  1. I would be happy with runoffs or having a candidate be eligible for only one line…it is beyond ridiculous that this still goes on here in NY. It really is a hindrance in giving us voters a nice selection of candidates for any given office.

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