Memorandum of Support: S594/A725 Standardizing Ballot order in NYS

(As Chair of the Democratic Caucus of NYSECA I will from time to time issue Memorandums of Support on Election bills before the NYS Legislature. I am posting them on my website for lawmakers and the public to know our positions. You can see my caucus’ legislative priorities here as well as the Bi-Partisan Legislative agenda for NYSECA here. This bill is part of a list of bills that we were asked to consider by Assembly members or Senators to support. You can read that list here. If you agree with this bill consider contacting your local representative and asking them to support the bill.)

Memorandum of Support

Bill: S5943/A725

Sponsor:  Skoufis/Hunter

Summary: Modifies the order in which candidates appear on the ballot

Justification: The NYS Election Commissioners Association Democratic Caucus supports S5943/A725, which modifies the order in which candidates appear on the ballot. This bill requires that offices shall be listed on the ballot in descending order based on the size of the electorate and requires certain federal offices to be listed before state, county, or local offices. This will bring uniformity to ballot creation throughout New York State, giving a standard for county boards of elections to follow. It will also right place emphasis on the size of political subdivisions and state and federal offices that most voters are familiar with.
The Democratic Caucus supports this bill.  Passing this bill will strengthen the backbone of our bi-partisan election system in New York and we urge the legislature to pass this bill and the Governor to sign it as soon as possible.

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