VOTE YES to Con-Con in 2017:
Making the most of our state constitution
With all three branches of the federal government changing drastically, New Yorkers cannot rely on federal protections anymore. We must make sure our laws mirror New York’s ideals. We need to reinforce our state constitution NOW!
WHAT IS IT?
THE CON CON
Much like the federal Constitutional Convention that our founding fathers held in Philadelphia in 1787, a State Con Con consists of elected delegates from each New York Senate district heading to Albany to propose changes to our constitution. These proposed amendments then get presented to the voters on the ballot, and will be approved or rejected by a popular vote.
In short, this is a once-in-a-generation chance to make fast-tracked changes to our constitution, bypassing our lethargic lawmakers and putting issues at the hands of the people.
The opportunity to vote for a Constitutional Convention only comes around every 20 years. It’s a safeguard that our state’s founding fathers put into our original constitution to ensure that the people had a last line of defense against lawmakers who weren’t acting in favor of the will of the people.
CHOOSE YOUR PASSION:
GENDER INEQUALITY + REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
CORRUPTION + GERRYMANDERING
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Did you know that there are two ways to make changes to the New York State Constitution?
The Con Con doesn’t happen automatically—we must first vote YES to have one. The last time NY voters had the opportunity to vote on this was in 1997,
but this November 2017, it will be Question 1 on your ballot, and we want you to vote yes.
WE WANT YOU TO VOTE YES.
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