PHONE BANKING: We the People of the State of New York (4)
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About the Event
WHY YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
On November 7th, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on NY Proposition Number 1, whether to have a Constitutional Convention. A majority yes vote on Election Day, November 7th, will have us New Yorkers voting on Constitutional Convention Delegates in November 2018, a total of 204 with a price tag of more than 15 Million of our Tax Dollars; which will take place in the spring of 2019.
A yes vote from New Yorkers would call for delegates to be elected, paid the taxpayers; these would propose amendments to the current New York Constitution. After paid delegates draw up the proposed set of amendments, the people will be able to vote on whether they want to them added to the constitution or not. The last time this was done was 1967; the amendments proposed then were not voted in by the majority of voters that following year. A yes vote would be a costly proposition to the taxpayers, as the costs associated with having a Constitutional Convention will have to be paid by you and me. However, a yes vote would allow for tort reform, criminal justice reform, voting and electoral reform, and any other types of reforms the delegates agree on proposing, all of which can be reformed during normal legislative sessions. The major benefit of a Constitutional Convention is that it can potentially add lots of beneficial changes to the current constitution in a short period of time.
On the other hand, a no vote from New Yorkers would mean turning down a constitutional convention, thus saving tax-payers money, and keeping the current constitution the way that it is. Proponents of a no vote say this would protect the rights of workers that were added to the original constitution in 1938. And a no vote will protect our right of freedom of speech, right to organize or join unions, right for environmental justice, and other social justice rights enacted back then. Others argue that a constitutional convention would be dominated by special interest groups and other “big-money” entities that will fund the election of delegates who support only their interests. Those opposing the Constitutional Convention fear the process will be dominated by people who are not civic minded and worried about the interests of the people when drafting-up new amendments.
A NO vote will preserve our rights of freedom of speech, access to free education, for workers protection, to organize or join unions, for social justice and our rights for environmental justice, in addition to saving taxpayers monies.
Those who are either for or against the Constitutional Convention should be sure to vote on November 7th.
In the Convention of 1967 - which took place and worked on amendments, however in the end, voted down by the public - a guideline was set for the citizens of NY to vote every 20 years on whether to have a Constitutional Convention.
Proposition Number 1 has major significance considering a constitutional convention has the potential to make serious changes for the lives of New Yorkers; to the detriment to the working class and everyday New Yorkers.