Fusion voting allows candidates for public office to accept the nominations of up to three political parties.
Fusion voting, by allowing candidates to list themselves as nominees of the Independent Party as well as their own, could offer a powerful but potentially misleading means of reaching out to independent-minded voters who are members of no party.
With fusion voting, two or more parties could nominate the same candidates.
The Working Families Party cites an example on its Web site from a New York county's legislative race to illustrate how fusion voting works.
Barbara Dudley, a Portland State University professor and a co-chairman of the emerging party, said the combination of a Working Families Party with fusion voting would give voters a way to refocus candidates' attention.