Poll shows big opposition to constitutional convention in NY

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There is strong opposition to the constitutional convention among members of both parties and other demographic groups.

As a vote on a state constitutional convention approaches on Election Day, we're highlighting the top reasons to vote Yes, starting with the need to end gerrymandering in NY. A convention would be held in 2019, with any amendments approved by delegates appearing on the general election ballot for final voter approval that year.

We are being asked to vote on a referendum to have or not to have a state constitutional convention. Make your legislators accountable for the changes needed. The best chance for an honest redistricting system is a citizen-driven constitutional convention. The resulting convention's proposals were rejected by voters two years later.

"So, the decision of whether or not NY should hold a Constitutional Convention in 2019 will likely be decided by a small minority of New Yorkers - those who both vote in Tuesday's election, and keep in mind to flip the ballot to the back to vote on ConCon", he said in a statement.

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A constitutional convention is not a waste of money: Detailed analyses show that in 2017 dollars, the 1967 convention would have cost as low as $47 million, not the "hundreds of millions" price tag bandied about.

The Constitutional Convention comes up for a vote every 20 years.

Question facing voters: Should corrupt public officials be stripped of pensions? Legislators - who still have a hand in the redistricting process, despite a "reform" three years ago - simply won't do this. How has that been working for us? They contend that gerrymandered, well-financed senators and assembly members, with their unlimited terms of office, are more accountable, while convention delegates, who can not run for re-election, will be "unanswerable" to the public who put them in their seats. Fourteen other states have similar mechanisms in place to periodically ask voters about convening a convention to revise their state's governing charter.

NYPeoplesConvention.org launches Your Official Guide to the NYS Constitutional Convention Vote. The reason that this question is on the ballot is that the Adirondack and Catskill Park forest preserves are protected under the "Forever Wild" clause of the New York State Constitution, which limits development in these areas to protect their natural wilderness character.


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