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   The Nassau County Green Party is reminding voters that none of the judicial candidates in Thursday's major-party primaries -- or those already going on the November ballot line -- are running with Green Party support, contrary to what some candidate mailings from some Democrats or Republicans may suggest.

  Jim Brown, county chairman of the alternative party,  said in a statement issued Wednesday: "The Green Party does not cross-endorse candidates from the major corporate parties and their allies; nor does the Green Party permit its own candidates to run on those corporate-controlled ballot lines."

 The full statement from Brown's organization is posted below:
                                      
                                          Fusion is Confusion

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Voters in Nassau County are again being confused this election cycle by candidates of the two major corporate parties and their allies. A number of Republican and Democratic judicial candidates have stolen or are in the process of to hijacking our Green Party ballot line, won in 2010 and maintained again by a strong campaign in 2014 by our Governor candidate Howie Hawkins.

None of the judicial candidates who are participating in the upcoming September 10th primaries or who already are slated to run in November have the backing of the Nassau County Green Party. The Green Party does not cross-endorse candidates from the major corporate parties and their allies; nor does the Green Party permit its own candidates to run on those corporate-controlled ballot lines. The Green Party is independent with its own set of principles and platform, and we remain free of corporate donations and control, unlike others. Corporate control of politics is something the Green Party combats on a daily basis, in a principled way.

The Green Party of Nassau County deplores the mailing of campaign literature that states or implies that these judicial candidates have the backing of our Party--they do not! Republicans and Democrats are fighting over our line September 10th for Surrogate's Court, County Court and District Court Judge, 2nd District. Candidates that already have our line in November for the 3rd District Court judgeship and the 4th District Court judgeship are not registered Greens and also do not have our endorsement. We are urging our Green Party members to refrain from voting for any of the judicial candidates that the Republicans and Democrats put forward to pose as Greens--either in the primary or the November election.
 
New York's system of fusion voting confuses the voter, especially when it comes to judges. This broken system demands profound reform!