Fighting for fair elections

By Brandi Bailey

May 7, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Members of Citizen Action are fighting for fair elections and public financing.

The group rallied outside of the State Office Building asking State Senator Tom Libous to listen and vote in their interests.

Citizen Action claims that Libous avoids conversation on these issues with the public and keeps them from coming before the state senate.

The public financing bill would provide between $40 million and $60 million for election assistance.

Supporters argue it has the potential to create the possibility for more candidates.

"We think that option should be a public option It should be a public finance option. That way, those running under the public option are accountable to the people," said Larry Parham, Citizen Action Campaign Manager.

Action News reached out to Libous' office but there was no comment. Libous is currently in Albany.

The republican led state senate does not support public financing of elections.

A committee did hold a public hearing to examine New York City's public finance system, with some claiming its ripe for abuse.