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Term Limit Study
During the 2013 LWVNY Convention, local League delegates approved a study on term limits for members of the state legislature and statewide officials. The state League currently has a position against term limits for these offices. LWVNY'S current position is based on a national position not a LWVNY study. The 1992 LWVUS Convention authorized state and local Leagues to use national positions and principles to take action against term limits for state or local office holders. This is an ongoing study, expected to conclude in spring 2015.
Ballot Access Study
During the 2013 LWVNY Convention, local League delegates approved a study to determine if another form of primary would be beneficial to the democratic process in New York State. The study is limited to the ballot for state legislative and statewide offices, but it will consider the entire process by which individuals get on the ballot for the general election, including the issue of being endorsed by more than one political party. The Ballot Access study will examine the role of both the main and third parties in the process of gaining access to the general election ballot. Specifically, we will explore the process of gaining party lines on the general ballot via (1) New York's closed primary system, (2) fusion voting, and (3) Wilson Pakula certificates. The study will included discussion and comparison of all forms of primary systems and other states' experiences with fusion voting. In addition, we will explore the possible effects New York's ballot access process has on issues such as voter representation, corruption, voter turnout, and partisanship. This is an ongoing study, expected to conclude in spring 2015.
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