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Elections Briefing, March 9, 2021: Cuomo, Maine Senate, Canada

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Elections Briefing 3-9-21 Cuomo Maine Farage

Andrew Cuomo is taking heat but will not leave the kitchen, and where is a local elections board under ongoing fire? Today’s Briefing knows all.

US Election News

New York Governor Refuses to Resign Amid Scandal

As the calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign increase, the governor fired back, saying that he would do no such thing. This is in the midst of having been accused by two different women of sexual harassment. This news was followed shortly thereafter by the New York Senate majority leader, a fellow Democrat, joining the chorus. For good measure, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins tossed in mention of “loss of credibility” about how COVID-19 was handled early in the pandemic at nursing homes.1

Democrats have turned on the three-term governor, who was expected to run for re-election next year. It is very difficult at this point to see Cuomo running again even if he does not resign. New York Democrats have a very deep bench and the fight to replace him would be a free-for-all.

Mainers Voting in State Senate Special Election

Voters in the Maine 14th Senate District will head to the polls today in a special election. Shenna Bellows (D) vacated the seat when she became Secretary of State. The 14th is located in the greater Augusta area and the Democrats would like to hold it, but they currently hold a 21 to 13 majority, so they have breathing room.

Ohio County’s Elections Board in Further Hot Water

It’s been a rocky road for Summit County, Ohio, home to Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, at least when it comes to its Board of Elections. They have had their elections board get into trouble before for oversight issues, but now, they can add being placed under state administrative oversight to the list. This happened after a dubious 2020 election for the board, in which (for example) hundreds of dead voters were still enrolled, and one of them actually “voted.” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose pulled the plug on the board being able to oversee itself late last week.2


International Election News

Nigel Farage Resigns Party Leadership

The face of the Brexit movement in the United Kingdom, Nigel Farage, has stepped down as leader of the Reform UK party.3 This was once known as the Brexit Party, an entity he set up after he left the UK Independence Party. Farage has been active in the right in Britain, even hanging out with Donald Trump while the latter was President of the United States.

Since Boris Johnson became Conservative leader and British prime minister, steering the course ahead, pro-Brexit voters have seen no need to support a minor party and “went home” to the Conservatives. The Brexit Party won no seats in the 2019 general election.

Another Liberal Implores Trudeau to Pump Brakes on Early Canadian Election

As reported in one Briefing last week, a Canadian House of Commons committee called on Justin Trudeau to hold off on an election in 2021 until the pandemic is declared over. Adding their voice is Sheila Copps, a former deputy prime minister under Jean Chretien. In an op-ed published yesterday, Copps asked Trudeau to consider what a mess Newfoundland and Labrador has made of their own COVID election before sending the whole country into one.4

The Liberals in NL saw an opportunity to win big, but then an outbreak hit the Avalon Peninsula days prior to the election. Now, discontent with the Liberal government is growing and it was all avoidable had they waited until the summer. Canada does not have to go to the polls for a few years, though minority governments have a limited shelf life. The NDP will not force an election during the pandemic, either, so Trudeau has to consider that he’s getting it from multiple sources not to take Canada to the polls.


Election Calendar

Today is the special election in Maine’s 14th Senate District.
3 days until the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election.
4 days until the Western Australia state election.

Today’s Further Reading

  1. Caroline Linton and Ed O’Keefe, “Cuomo says “there is no way I resign” amid harassment allegations,” CBS News, 8 March 2021.
  2. Beacon Journal Editorial Board, “Editorial: A dead voter, errors require Summit County Board of Elections to clean up its mess,” Akron Beacon Journal, 7 March 2021.
  3. Peter Walker, “Nigel Farage quits as Reform UK leader in step back from party politics,” The Guardian, 7 March 2021.
  4. Sheila Copps, “In a COVID election, all bets are off now,” The Hill Times, 8 March 2021.

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