Weekly Feature

2010-06-23 / Local News

State Senate candidate calls for an end to fusion voting

Town of Tonawanda resident and state Senate candidate Marc Coppola is calling for an end to political corruption in Albany.

Coppola, the endorsed Democrat running against incumbent Republican Mike Ranzenhofer for the 61st district — which includes the towns of Tonawanda, Amherst and Clarence — believes fusion voting is part of the problem.

He says fusion is an election system that allows candidates to run on multiple party lines. Several minor party leaders are now under investigation for alleged illegal activities.

“Minor parties and their leaders have a disproportionate amount of influence in New York State politics and our government,” said Coppola in a press release issued Tuesday. “It has proven to be a pay to play system and a breeding ground for corruption.”

He said New York is one of only several states in the country that allow “the tail to wag the dog,” and its voters and residents deserve better.

Coppola has not requested and will not accept any party nomination other than his own and challenges his opponent to do the same.

“As long as candidates participate in this system that has become disingenuous, sometimes corrupt, and an insult to voters, it will continue. I for one choose not to.”

If elected, Coppola will sponsor legislation ending fusion voting in New York State.

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