From the Morning Memo:

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is an outspoken critic of fusion voting, which allows candidates for elected office to run on multiple party lines.

Bellone dislikes the arrangement so much that he only ran on the Democratic line. And he won.

Updated: Bellone did run on a minor party ballot line, running with the Protect the Taxpayer line. He received 3,626 votes, or about 1.3 percent of his overall total. That’s not enough to have swayed the outcome, but it’s a second line nevertheless.

Bellone’s campaign in a memo released after his victory said it’s an example of how a candidate can run only one ballot line and still be successful in a closely waged race. Bellone secured a third term in a key swing area of the state.

“Outspoken on the corrupting influence fusion voting has on our democracy in New York, the County Executive decided not to accept any established minor party lines this election,” the memo stated.

“The County Executive shared his thoughts in a widely-read op-ed published in Newsday. However, the County Executive’s decision, as principled as it was, meant that he would be at a competitive disadvantage, no longer having the Independence or Working Families Party ballot lines.”

Bellone’s take on his victory with one line comes as a commission considering the details of public financing of political campaigns is contemplating changes to fusion voting in the state — a move that would hobble third party entities like the Working Families Party and the Conservative Party.