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.”
“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.”
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:
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.
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