Sunday, November 02, 2008

making your vote useful in New York 

If you live in New York State and are planning to vote for teh Obana, you should consider voting for him on the Working Families Party ticket.

New York State is one of the few states that has fusion voting which means that two parties can support the same candidate. Minority parties can thus gain some measure of influence if people vote for the candidate on their ticket. When dealmaking time comes around they can trade their endorsement for a policy closer to their platform.

According to Wikipedia:

New York's Working Families Party was first organized in 1998 by a coalition of labor unions, ACORN and other community organizations, members of the now-inactive national New Party, and a variety of public interest groups. The party blends a culture of political organizing with unionism, 1960s idealism, and tactical pragmatism. The party's main issue concerns are jobs, health care, education and energy/environment, and it has won notable policy gains at the city, county and state level by piggybacking on Democratic or Republican candidates.

They were instrumental in getting the NY minimum wage increased and have made it a priority to repeal the execrable Rockefeller Drug Laws.

So instead of being taken for granted by the Donkle you can lend some clout to an organization that is actually trying to help people. Have cake, eat it too. Isn't that nice?


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