Attention New York voters!
There are 4 propositions on this year's ballot. Please familiarize yourself with them so you'll be prepared when you vote. The republicans in New York would love it if you're not familiar with them and neglected to vote on them on November 2.
Ballot Proposal 1:
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE, AN AMENDMENT
Amending the Apportionment and Redistricting Process
This proposed constitutional amendment would freeze the number of state senators at 63, amend the process for the counting of the states population, delete certain provisions that violate the United States Constitution, repeal and amend certain requirements for the appointment of the co-executive directors of the redistricting commission and amend the manner of drawing district lines for congressional and state legislative offices. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
In my opinion, and this is my opinion only, I would vote YES! Conservatives want you to vote 'no', so they can control their gerrymandering of election districts. Again, vote YES on proposition one.
Ballot Proposal 2:
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER TWO, AN AMENDMENT
Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment
The proposed amendment to Article I of the New York Constitution would establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
This one is pretty self-explanatory. VOTE YES! We all want and deserve clean and and water, right? VOTE YES on proposition two.
Ballot Proposal 3:
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE, AN AMENDMENT
Eliminating Ten-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement
The proposed amendment would delete the current requirement in Article II, § 5 that a citizen be registered to vote at least ten days before an election and would allow the Legislature to enact laws permitting a citizen to register to vote less than ten days before the election. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
VOTE YES on proposition three. Republicans don't want you to be able to register to vote at all, but they certainly don't want you to register to vote within 10 days of any election. The more citizens exercising their right to vote, the better, whenever they happen to register. VOTE YES on proposition three.
Ballot Proposal 4:
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER FOUR, AN AMENDMENT
Authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting
The proposed amendment would delete from the current provision on absentee ballots the requirement that an absentee voter must be unable to appear at the polls by reason of absence from the county or illness or physical disability. Shall the proposed amendment be approved? VOTE YES on proposition four. You should be able to cast your ballot by absentee ballot whenever you want, especially during a pandemic. This pisses republicans off. COVID is a hoax, right? They don't want you to vote absentee for any other reason, and it should be your right to vote absentee for any reason!
In conclusion, New York voters, we should vote YES on all four ballot propositions. If for no other reason than to piss the state's republicans off. Thank you.
Those rascally republicans are always thinking up new ways to keep people from voting, arent they. You'd think they'd have better things to do.
And there are no conservatives controlling redistributing in NYS today.
The proposal removes a bipartisan requirement that the Independent Redistricting Committee have at least one vote from each Party on the proposed map. That makes it easier for the Democrats to control the redistricting process on their own.
Ballot Proposal 5 would increase the $ limit on civil court claims that can be adjudicated in the NYC Civil Court, from $25k to $50k. Right now, any claim over $25k must go to NYS Supreme Court. The limit was last increased in 1983.
Citizens Union recommends a yes vote on Question 5, which would increase the New York City Civil Courts jurisdiction, allowing it to hear and decide claims for up to $50,000, instead of the current jurisdictional limit of $25,000. The jurisdictional limit of the New York City Civil Court was last raised in 1983, when a constitutional amendment changed it from $10,000 to $25,000 to adjust for inflation and reduce the backlog of the State Supreme Court.
Back in the early 1980's, I was selected for a NYS Supreme Court Jury for a suit that had been in the system for 10 years. It involved a shopper, his blind relative, a grocery store, a frozen food distributor and two trucking companies, and the related insurance companies, and concerned a can of frozen OJ concentrate. By the 3rd day of just hanging around waiting for a judge to be assigned, we were ready to convict the parties in the case of a crime (if we could have). Then they called us in, thanked us for doing our civic duty, and then announced that they had reached a settlement - of $1,500.
that only those residing within the five boroughs of NYC got to vote on that proposition.
If I'm wrong I apologize, and thanks for bringing that to my attention.
and right before the November 2 election. Not all of our New York members are online at the same time, so I'll post at different hours and hopefully catch them all.