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Letter: Green Party avoids fusion ballots

Lilyan Maitan stands in a voting booth during

Lilyan Maitan stands in a voting booth during the Republican primary election at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Philadelphia on April 24, 2012. Credit: Getty Images

A number of Newsday articles and editorials have shed light on New York's system of fusion and cross-party endorsements ["Governor's race and Potemkin politics," Opinion, Oct. 1].

The Green Party in Nassau County is again experiencing the evils of this system. Our rules prohibit endorsing members of the two major corporate parties. For the 7th Senate District, a duly registered Green, Cassandra Lems, stepped forward to protect our hard-earned ballot line.

In the Sept. 9 primary election, Lems won a majority of the votes cast at the polls. However, absentee ballots solicited by a Democratic Party operative working for candidate Adam Haber overcame her, 13 votes to 10.

The Green Party is an independent party with its own values. Our gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins, is a true alternative.

To have either the Democrats or Republicans represent us by appearing on our ballot line is a sham and confusing to voters. We believe that "fusion" is "confusion" and that voters in the 7th Senate District deserve a real choice!

Jim Brown, Island Park

Editor's note: The writer is the chairman of the Green Party of Nassau County.