Cuomo and Astorino Look to Add New Ballot Lines to Appeal to Voters
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign and prominent Democrats said Thursday they are seeking to add a new Women's Equality Ballot Line to the November ballot.
Cuomo's running mate, Lieutenant gGovernor Candidate Kathy Hochul, announced the new party in New York City and said it will support initiatives important to women, including a 10-point women's legislative agenda that has repeatedly failed to pass the Legislature.
New York election law allows major party candidates to also run on third-party ballot lines, allowing their names to appear multiple times on the ballot under different ballot lines. The organizers of the new party will choose which candidates to endorse.
To get the new line on the ballot, supporters will need signatures from 15,000 voters.
Cuomo's opponent in the governor's race, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is also seeking the creation of a new ballot line called Stop Common Core for voters unhappy with the state's new educational standards.
In both cases, the new ballot lines would help shore up the candidates' bases of support.
Cuomo's name will already appear on the Democratic, Working Families and the Independence parties. Astorino's name will appear on the Republican and Conservative party lines.