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November 24, 2014

By: Jerry H. Goldfeder

Thirty years ago there was a TV program called Eight Is Enough. It comes to mind because now that the gubernatorial candidates of the Stop Common Core Party (Rob Astorino) and the Women's Equality Party (Andrew Cuomo) each exceeded 50,000 votes, they join the currently constituted parties on the ballot, giving New York a total of eight political parties. One can say voters here have a rich variety of choices. One can also say the ballot, already crowded, will be even more confusing. This is especially true because ours is one of only a handful of states that permits "fusion"—allowing parties to cross-endorse one another's candidates. This can lead voters to wonder what a candidate or party actually stands for.

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