State Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs in a phone interview on Wednesday said he is keeping his mind open on the issue of fusion voting, which could be scrapped or altered by the election law commission he was appointed to this month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Jacobs is one of nine people appointed to the commission to determine the future of the state’s campaign finance laws, including whether to institute a system of publicly financed campaigns. The commission is composed of appointees of the governor and the legislative leaders from both parties.

The commission’s purview also includes election law like fusion voting, which allows candidates to run on multiple party ballot lines. The Working Families Party, a progressive and labor-aligned organization, along with the right-leaning Conservative Party, have filed a legal challenge to pre-empt the commission and protect fusion voting.

Lawsuit aside, Jacobs said he wanted to listen to witness testimony at hearings the commission is expected to hold in different areas of the state, likely starting in late September or early October.

“Since I’ve been asked to serve on this commission I think it’s incumbent on me to keep an open mind and listen to the people who are coming to our hearings,” he said. “To pre-determine makes the hearings kind of meaningless. I’m not going to comment on it in terms of what my view is. Certainly I’ve had experience with it. I think that’s one of the reasons why they wanted me on the commission.”

Fusion voting is under scrutiny after the WFP last year initially endorsed Cuomo’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Cynthia Nixon. The party ultimately offered Cuomo, and he accepted, its ballot line in the general election after the governor won the September primary.

Jacobs said the decisions by the commission will be meant to “benefit the voters in the state of New York.”

“I want to make sure we do it right and I want to be fair minded about it,” he said.

The commission is due to release its recommendations by December. The Legislature can act to overturn the recommendations or they will become law by the end of the year.

Updated: It’s worth noting some of the prior and recent history with fusion voting. The state Democratic Committee, through a resolution introduced by members of the Progressive Caucus, backed an end to fusion voting in March.

The caucus had tabled it, but the full committee under Jacobs took the resolution nevertheless, and it passed. He also told The New York Post “quite a few” Democratic county chairs support an end to fusion voting.

Newsday reported at the time Jacobs was supportive of the ban.

Jacobs, too, has acknowledged “solid arguments” that fusion voting has “watered down” Democratic candidates.