Brooklyn’s James McMillan III, running for governor this year, has reached an accommodation with election officials that will allow a modified use of his party’s name on the ballot.
The party is called “Rent is Too Damn High” — which obviates the need for a platform — but at 17 characters it exceeds the 15-character maximum required by NYC and NYS law, and election officials routinely cut out the word “damn” in prior elections to make the name fit.
McMillian said the change watered down his message, and he sued in federal court in Brooklyn.
U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson said in a ruling made public Tuesday that McMillan and election officials had agreed on “Rent is 2 Damn High” for at least the upcoming election.
That’s 15 characters, fitting the legal bill, so to speak.