Activists from the New York City Republican Party are encouraging thousands of GOPers to temporarily join the Democratic Party to help choose the most moderate or conservative Democratic nominees in the upcoming Congressional and State Senate primary.
Because of the Democratic Party’s gerrymandering debacle, there is no deadline for readmission to a political party for the August 23 primary, meaning voters can change their party registration on primary election day in the polling booth by filling out an affidavit.
“I’m speaking to Republican leaders on this issue. We gave Republicans the opportunity to vote for moderate Democrats,” said Craig Eaton, former longtime leader of the Brooklyn Republican Party.
“This is a unique opportunity. Right now, New York City is in a wrecking ball and on a downward spiral.”
Business mogul John Catsimatidis, who has helped fund the city’s Republican Party and ran for mayor in 2013, said GOPers should consider crossing and crashing the Democratic Party primary to try to make a difference .
“We need to vote for sensible Democrats in the primary,” said Catsimatidis, whose daughter Andrea is the chair of the Manhattan Republican Party.
Because of the huge enrollment advantage, in most parts of the city, the Democratic primary determines who will be the next congressman or legislator.
In New York City, there are nearly 3.5 million registered Democrats compared to 519,000 Republicans.
But there are also about 1 million registered voters in the city who are listed as “blank” or unaffiliated with any party — a much larger number than Republicans — who also re-register as Democrats or Republicans before or on the day of the primary be able.
If turnout is expected to be very low during a primary at the end of August, a few thousand or even a few hundred party crackers or newly registered Democrats could overturn an election.
Eastsider Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Westsider Rep. Jerrold Nadler, along with attorney Suraj Patel, compete in the newly drawn 12th congressional district, which spans the east and west sides of Manhattan.
Maloney said she would “absolutely” welcome registered independents or unaffiliated voters — and even Republicans — to register again as Democrats and vote for them.
“I support the decision [to allow an open primary] … People are not used to voting in August. Many families are on vacation. It’s only fair,” she said in an interview with The Post on Wednesday.
Maloney’s campaign spokesman Bob Liff later said, “When the Republicans come to their senses, let them register as Democrats and vote for Carolyn Maloney on the 12th.”
There are now a dozen Democratic hopefuls in the new court-ordered 10th congressional district, which stretches through lower Manhattan and much of brownstone Brooklyn and Sunset Park, as well as parts of Borough Park.
However, a Republican leader argued that the GOP should strengthen and not encourage its voters to switch to another party.
“Party activists, including in the Republican Party, I believe should focus their time on helping elect Republican candidates in these races, as it is a more productive use of time and effort to increase their voter base for their party rather than them.” to decrease,” he said Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Ted Ghorra.
Party officials who support “closed primaries” — which don’t allow voters from outside the party to fall in and influence their primary — are considering an 11th-hour move to shut down Steuben County Superior Court Justice Patrick McAllister urge, who oversees the case of the new elections of the districts. Block last minute party switching.
They want McAllister to reinstate the February 14 deadline to change the registration of the party used for the June 28 governor and state assembly primaries.
The unusual “open primary” situation came after judges canceled the partisan falsified Democratic district maps — which GOP critics have dubbed Hochulmander since Gov. Kathy Hochul signed them — for Congress and the Senate and ordered August 23 primaries had districts redrawn by a judicial special master.
The February 14 deadline restricting the re-enrollment of parties no longer applies.
But a state-elected official said voting for the August primary had already begun, with mail-in ballots being requested and submitted by voters, making it difficult to make changes retrospectively.
“I have always supported closed primaries. But I’m concerned about changing the rules after the election process has already begun,” said Doug Kellner, a Democrat who is co-chair of the state election commission.
Kellner also said that the issue regarding party registration had previously been submitted to the presiding judge and state legislatures, and neither had raised the issue.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/27/gop-activists-lets-vote-in-ny-dem-primaries-to-elect-moderates/ Let’s vote in the NY Dem primary to elect the moderates