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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. eyes new political party in New York

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. might establish a new political party in New York if he garners 2% or 130,000 votes in the presidential race this year. The party, named “We the People,” would gain ballot access for the next two years.

However, recent changes in election laws pose challenges. Since 2020, political parties in New York must receive at least 2% or 130,000 votes in gubernatorial or presidential elections to secure a ballot line. This new rule has reduced the number of official parties in the state.

Despite these obstacles, Kennedy’s campaign has gathered enough petitions to qualify for the ballot. The State Board of Elections is currently reviewing objections to these petitions before making a final decision. If successful, Kennedy’s new party could impact the political landscape in a state typically dominated by Democrats.