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Election Board’s Partisan Make-up is Grounded in State Constitution

Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner said the law is “a vestige of the approach of the late 19th Century” where reformers believed an even split between two political parties was the only way to ensure fair elections. “Of course, we’ve evolved from that understanding to a much more nuanced understanding regarding nonpartisan election administration,” Lerner said. “But New York election law remains mired in the 19th century.”

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