Bloc voting corrupts process

By Alan M. Zamore
(Original Publication: November 23, 2005)

It should be clear to anyone who bothers to analyze the results for Ramapo town supervisor and Town Board, that the recent election was largely decided by bloc voting in the religious villages of Kaser and New Square.

Those two villages gave 2,532 votes to St. Lawrence and only three votes to his opponent Joe Brennan. That's a 99.9 percent margin for the favored candidate. A similar voting pattern was demonstrated for Town Board members Harry Reiss and David Stein.

This was clearly an orchestrated effort to utilize bloc voting in order to obtain "back-door" control of the Ramapo Town Board.

Bloc voting is an old tactic that usually fails but is sometimes successful in smaller local elections.

What is surprising is that the tactic has worked for so long in Ramapo.

It is difficult to understand how 21,000 people were highly motivated to vote in the Ramapo election while 34,000 other people remained disinterested and didn't bother to vote. (There are 55,000 registered voters in the Town of Ramapo).

In essence, the majority of voters (34,000 out of 55,000), by not participating in the election, allowed a well-organized, small minority of about 3,000, voting as a bloc, to take over the Town of Ramapo.

The result is a Ramapo Town Board totally dependent on and responsive only to the agenda of the bloc voters.

If this isn't corruption of the political process, then I don't know what else to call it.