Find us on the ballot
The BOE has done an incredibly poor job with the design of this year’s ballot and a great disservice to those voters who want to choose an alternative to the corporate parties. Gone are the row letters or numbers, and party symbols that made it easy for voters to find their candidates, and the days when you would let voters know they could “Vote Row ‘X'” if they wanted to vote the party line. To make it worse, the BOE has placed the candidates for non-ballot status parties in and among the same columns as the ballot status parties…with the exception of (surprise, surprise) the Democratic and Republican Party columns. This is going to result in many overvotes as voters fill in more than one box in the same column, thinking they’re voting for candidates of the same party. Those votes will be lost. This is a serious problem with the electronic scanners that are now used in NYC elections. Overvoting was not possible on the lever machines because only one lever at a time could be pulled down. Advantage: Duopoly.
In order to help you find the Green Party line and our candidates on the ballot, we offer the following guide.
READ THE BALLOT CAREFULLY. MARK ONLY THE BOXES INDICATED FOR GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES. SKIP THE BOXES IN BETWEEN. IF YOU FILL IN MORE THAN ONE BOX IN THAT COLUMN, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT.
The Green Party line can be found on the sixth column from the left, after the column indicating the office (see sample ballot above). Unlike past elections, neither row letters nor party emblems appear on the ballot, making it difficult to find the party of your choice. Adding to the difficulty, and due to the large number of candidates running for office this year, all but the Democratic and Republican Party lines are shared with candidates of the non ballot status parties. You won’t be able to vote a straight party line for our candidates.