Actor Matt Damon has done a second Web video for the liberal Working Families Party in New York. In the first, Damon said it’s important for people who are supporting the Working Families Party to vote for those candidates on the WFP line only. If third parties don’t get at least 50,000 votes tomorrow, they won’t have an automatic spot on the ballot for the next four years (that is, they will have to petition their way on).
New York allows cross-endorsements, or “fusion voting,” so it’s not uncommon for candidates to appear on more than one ballot line. Under the old lever machine system, people weren’t able to vote for the same candidate more than once, but it is possible to do that on the new paper ballot and scanner system, which goes statewide for the first time this year. And the state Board of Elections said statute requires that the vote count toward the tally for the line that appears first on the ballot, generally a major party.
“Hey, Matt Damon here again with an important warning. New York has a crazy new voting system this year and if you’re not careful, your vote’s not going to be counted correctly,” he said in the 45-second video.
People voting for Working Families Party candidates should only do so on Row E, he said. “Don’t go nuts bubbling in Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman everywhere you see ’em. That’s no good. Your vote won’t count for the Working Families Party and you’re going to make those people in Dade County, Florida look like geniuses,” Damon said.
(Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo and Democratic attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman have both been cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and the Working Families and Conservative parties have filed a federal lawsuit on the issue, arguing that the scanner should automatically spit out a ballot with more than one vote for a candidate and give voters the chance to fill out a new one. But the case wasn’t resolved in time for Election Day.