A SoP reader forwarded this sample ballot being handed out in Kiryas Joel, the Orange County village of Hasidic Jews that is routinely courted by elected official and candidates due to the ability of its leaders to deliver large blocs of voters on Election Day.

As you can see, KJ voters are being urged to vote almost entirely on the state Independence Party line – including in the governor’s race, in which the party endorsed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo hasn’t said much – if anything – this election cycle to encourage voters to support him on the Indy line (currently Row E), even though it’s the second time in four years the minor party has endorsed him for governor. The Indys, like all the other minor parties, need to see Cuomo receive at least 50,000 votes on their line in order to maintain their official ballot status for another four years.

Last year, Cuomo received 146,576 votes on the Independence Party line, but that was just shy of the amount he received on the Working Families Party line, and considerably less than Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino received on the Conservative Party line. As a result, the Conservatives moved up to Row C, and the WFP climbed to Row D, while the Indys dropped to Row E.

Cuomo reportedly met last weekend with KJ leaders. Perhaps he mentioned something to them about needing a solid bloc of votes on Row E today?

Also interesting: This ballot calls for voters to support Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on the Working Families Party line, which is necessary because Maloney’s GOP opponent, former Rep. Nan Hayworth, defeated him in a very low turnout Independence Party primary back in September.

It should be noted that KJ has been factionalized for over a decade now, and the minority group – the KJ Alliance – did not endorse anyone for governor this year.

According to the SoP reader who forwarded this sample ballot, there are about 8,100 registered voters in KJ, and leaders there can reliably turn out about 80 percent of those, with the alliance accounting for about one-third.