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Liberal, Right-to-Life, Green Parties Lose Ballot Spots

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Several of the state's minor parties are losing their automatic ballot status in New York as a result of Tuesday's gubernatorial election.

The loss of ballot status hits the Liberal Party the hardest. It's New York's oldest third party. In its 58 year history, its leaders say the party was responsible for helping to elect such legendary office-holders as Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Nelson Rockefeller.

The Liberal Party candidate for governor was Andrew Cuomo, who dropped out of the race in September. So, the party received just 16,000 votes, well short of the 50,000 votes needed to retain a spot on the ballot for the next four years.

The Right-to-Life and Green Parties also failed to reach the 50,000 threshold. Joe DeMare, a member of the Erie County Green Party, says it's still too early to say what will happen.

"One of the principles of the Green Party is de-centralization. It's never been a party where Albany dictates to everybody else what happens," DeMare said. "It's a situation where the county organizations will make the decision on how to proceed into the future."

According to the State Board of Elections, voters belonging to the affected parties remain registered but will be listed as not having an official party affiliation.

The Working Families Party secured 80,000votes for its candidate, Democrat Carl McCall, guaranteeing its ballot spot for the next four years along with the Republican, Democratic, Independence and Conservative Parties.