Perhaps this state of affairs is not so surprising in New York, home of powerful party bosses and the famous “three men in a room” system of governance, which is firmly based on partisanship. Get in line behind a party if you want to be heard, seems to be the message.
What would be refreshing to many, many disenfranchised voters would be the adoption of a semi-closed system in which unaffiliated voters would be allowed to cast votes in a party of their choice on Primary Day. More states participate in a form of this system than have a closed system like New York’s. Other states even let voters choose a party to vote in for the day, regardless of their political affiliation (those rebels!).
This would also make for a healthier partisan atmosphere, freeing party rolls from voters who would prefer to go elsewhere but stay for the power of the vote.
You’d think there would be little hope for such an idea to progress in the Empire State. But we’d remind unaffiliated voters they make up 20 percent of the voter rolls statewide. If united in a demand for more full representation, this would be a powerful voice politicians would ignore at their own peril.
Let your legislator (whoever he or she might be come November) know.