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Republicans seek to take over Working Families Party in echo of national voter suppression movements.

According to the Times-Union, Saratoga Springs police officer Thomas Sartin, a former Republican who recently switched to WFP, is the top petitioner in a lawsuit argued by former GOP congressman and Donald Trump supporter John Sweeney that would block Democrats, including Tara Gaston of Saratoga Springs and Cynthia Young of Malta, from the WFP ballot line. Sartin is currently leading the effort to collect signatures to put Republican-friendly candidates on the WFP line. “(Republicans) are trying throughout all of New York State to block candidates the WFP voters and their party designated to be on the ballot,” said Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Todd Kerner. “This case is wasting judicial and governmental resources and costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to limit voter participation and choices.”