Monthly Archives: September 2014

Final 2014 NY State constitutional amendment ballot proposal language

Following litigation eliminating the word “independent” from this year’s constitutional amendment asking voters to approve or reject a state redistricting commission, the State Board Of Elections has posted the final wording.

Two questions will appear on the November, 2014 ballot. The second amendment asks voters to approve an amendment “allowing electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at least three days before the Legislature votes on it. Under the current provisions of the Constitution, this requirement can only be satisfied by distribution of a physical printed copy.”

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Party Ballot Order & Emblems certified by the State Board of Elections

The New York State Board Of Elections has certified the party ballot order and emblems to appear on the ballot:

http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2014/General/AmendedEmblemsBallotOrderCertification.pdf

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Candidate Jimmy McMillan “bounced” from 2014 Gubernatorial ballot

Nick Reisman in Capital Tonight reports today:

“Jimmy McMillan, the 2010 candidate for governor who made a viral splash at the sole televised debate that year, was denied access to the statewide ballot on Friday by the Board of Elections.

Commissioners voted unanimously at a meeting to invalidate McMillan and his line, the Rent Is 2 Damn High Party, declaring the petitions submitted did not meet the required 15,000-signature requirement.

McMillan, who turned in a lively performance in an otherwise desultory debate, became a viral Internet sensation, even inspiring a Saturday Night Live sketch.

McMillan received 41,129 votes in the general election.

With McMillan out of the race, the ballot’s third-party candidates include the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, Michael McDermott running on the Libertarian line and Steve Cohn, a candidate for the Sapient Party.”

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Albany Times Union oped: exploring the redistricting amendment

Former Republican and Democratic redistricting expert Steve Elliott explores the proposed redistricting amendment in a  oped appearing in the Albany Times Union. Read it here:

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/The-cynical-art-of-gerrymandering-5778471.php

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Suffolk County election challenges & Women’s Equality Party

There was a shuffling of candidate party lines in Suffolk County after a judge’s ruling here:

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/spin-cycle-1.812042/3rd-s-d-judge-rules-esposito-off-women-s-equality-line-1.9398809

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State Board of Elections won’t contest court ruling: “independent” will not be on redistricting ballot question

The NYS Board Of Elections will not challenge the recent court decision striking the word “independent” from the November ballot question asking voters to approve or reject a new redistricting process. The NY Daily News coverage (with a link to the revised BOE policy) is here:

http://www.dailynewsen.com/politics/poof-independent-vanishes-from-redistricting-amendment-h2678251.html

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Reform groups differ on judge’s order: is redistricting amendment an effective bar to gerrymandering?

A day after a State Supreme Court Judge ordered the removal of the “word” independent from the 2014 ballot question language, Common Cause and Citizens Union continue to battle over the amendment and whether it will effectively create an independent redistricting commission and put an end to partisan gerrymandering.

Read Nick Reisman’s account here:

http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2014/09/citizens-unions-memo-on-the-redistricting-ruling-independent-word-is-immaterial/

Citizens Union memo defending the ballot proposal can be read here:

240197838-Interested-Parties-Memo-Court-Decision-on-Redisricting

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