The state Democratic Party on Monday will take up a proposal, pushed by its progressive caucus, to support a ban on fusion voting – something a number of elected officials and key party leaders, including returning state Party Chairman Jay Jacobs, are pushing.

In a telephone interview this afternoon, Jacobs confirmed that the ban on fusion voting will indeed be on the table when committee members gather in Westchester next week to conduct a variety of business, including electing him to return to his position as state party chair, for which he was recently nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Jacobs has made no secret of his dislike for fusion voting, which exists in a very small number of states, reiterating during our conversation that he believes it has made electing Democrats on Long Island more difficult. He particularly singled out the state Independence Party, with which he has been warring for years, citing its tendency in the past to cross-endorse Republicans (at least when it comes to state legislative and congressional races).

I pointed out that the Democrats seemed to manage just fine in the last election cycle when it came to getting their candidates into office, with six newcomers ousting long-entrenched GOP incumbents. In those cases, the Working Families Party, long an ally of the Democrats when it comes to cross-endorsements, (again, at the legislative and congressional levels), provided support.

“That’s the one piece, of course, that’s always been the fly in the ointment (in the debate over fusion voting),” Jacobs said of the WFP and how it would be negatively impacted if fusion voting were to end in New York. “We’ll have to take a look at that.”

There’s also the question of whether an end to fusion voting would be a boon to the Green Party, which has long held a no-cross-endorsement policy. Faced with the possibility of voting for a mainline Democratic candidate or a Green candidate, disgruntled liberals, of whom there seem to be more and more these days, might choose the latter, increasing the chances of the Greens playing a spoiler role in close electoral contests.

“There are always consequences that are unintended that you have to consider, there’s no question about it,” Jacobs acknowledged. “The decision comes down to whether or not you’re worse off now than you will be later. It’s never a zero sum game. You have to look at what the costs are and what the benefits are. That’s the analysis many are going to be doing.”

I asked Jacobs if the fusion voting ban vote is being pushed by the governor, who has been extremely at odds with the WFP since the party backed his unsuccessful primary challenger, actress/activist Cynthia Nixon, last September.

He insisted that is not, in fact, the case, and ending fusion voting is something that county chairs have been discussing for some time, though if this proposal makes it to the floor for a vote and isn’t tabled, it will be the first time it is voted on by committee members.

“Listen, I’m not going to discuss what I talk to the governor about or what I don’t at any point,” Jacobs said. “I’m not here on this matter taking direction from the governor; I will tell you that.”

“There will be times I’m sure he’ll weigh in and ask me to help him with this or that. But this is one time the issue has been brought to the forefront by the progressives, and county chairs have long talked about it. We as a party have to determine what our position is. My guess is if we vote on a ban for fusion voting, that will upset some people and make other people happy.”

Jacobs, who is also chair of the Nassau County Democratic Party – a position he intends to keep along with his state post – said he will formally make his position known on this issue on Monday. He would not predict an outcome to the vote, should the measure actually move forward, and said he’ll be taking the temperature of county chairs as they gather in Westchester.

He did make clear, however, that he personally is interested in seeing this measure move forward and not be tabled. There are a few other, more procedural, resolutions that will also be put forward for consideration, including moving the party to an electronic voting system – an investment that would likely cost several thousand dollars, but would also be considerably faster than the current voice vote system.