Sen. Warren rebukes attempt to subvert third party candidates in New York

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to members of the media during a town hall at the Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, New Hampshire, U.S., July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz - RC160373CDD0

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) denounced a proposal that would undermine the ability of third party candidates in the State of New York to get their names on the ballot.

In a tweet, Sen. Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, called the proposal “deeply undemocratic” and Republicans will only benefit from it.

“This proposal comes from, of all places, a commission meant to improve our democracy.But attacking the @NYWFP is deeply undemocratic—and it will only benefit Republicans. No Democrat should allow this to pass,” Warren tweeted, referring to the New York Working Families Party,” said Sen. Warren.

New York Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs proposed increasing the number of votes a party needs to obtain a spot for their candidate’s name on the state ballot. Jacobs’ proposal was 250,000 votes, five times more than the existing 50,000 required votes. He made the proposal in a private e-mail to a group of state commissioners reviewing New York’s election law, according to a report from The New York Times.