During my campaign last year, I talked with thousands of voters, and over and over again I heard their concern, and even anger, about New York’s dysfunctional democracy. Why were there primaries in both June and September? Why was it so difficult to register to vote, or to vote absentee? Why were the polls open such limited hours in the primaries? Why couldn’t we have early voting? Instead of promoting active participation in our government, it seems as if New York was putting up hurdles to exclude people from the political process.
Political influence shouldn’t be measured by net worth.