Time after time I have had to explain to people what a Wilson/Pakula (or out of party authrization is). Turns out Wikipedia has a treatise on the 1947 law which was designed to reduce Communist infiltration in major parties, but now serves as the means one person or group of persons can control, and sometimes sell a line on the ballot. The Wilson/Pakula is what is granted to an out of party candidate who has circulated petitions.
In the 48SD , both candidates circulated petitions but only one got the W/P, so the other set of petitions are essentially null and void.
Its not always corrupt. Sometimes candidates who make their case to the decision makers get what they want. Usually its a deal or trade off of some kind. Because NY also allows fusion voting (the adding of totals from separate parties nominating the same candidate) the cross endorse mania continues. And the major party candidates will do just about anything to get the small edge an extra line provides.
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