The Working Families Party is working to connect with voters ahead of the November election in a bid to reach higher voter thresholds to maintain their automatic ballot access for the next two years. Sochie Nnaemeka, New York state director of the Party of Working Families, said capital tonight that a vote for Kathy Hochul on her line is a vote for her efforts to pass a progressive legislative agenda.
Political parties in New York must receive more than 130,000 votes or 2% of the total vote in a statewide election, whichever is greater, to retain their ballot because of the changes passed in 2019. Before the changes, parties needed only 50,000 votes in a state election. gubernatorial election to guarantee automatic ballot access for four years.
Despite achieving automatic ballot access in 2018 at the previous thresholds, the Independence, Libertarian, Green, and Serve America Movement parties failed to meet the new requirements in the 2020 election. The only parties that were able to meet the new requirements were the Working Families and Conservative parties, which endorsed Joe Biden and Donald Trump, respectively.
Nnaemeka argues that the Working Families Party is presenting a vision in which New York works not just “for the rich few, but for the many” and is not simply “anti-Republican.”
Like the right-wing Conservative Party, which generally backs the Republican candidate, the left-wing Working Families Party generally backs the Democratic candidate. That will be the case in this year’s gubernatorial election, where Kathy Hochul will appear on the Democratic and Working Families party lines and Lee Zeldin will be on the Republican and Conservative lines. This will be the first time New Yorkers will have only two gubernatorial candidates on their ballot since 1946.
Although their names will not appear on the ballot, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party and Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party are running write-in campaigns for governor.