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LWV Forum on NYS Constitutional Convention at Hampton Library
March 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?”
This is the question that is required to appear on all New York State ballots every 20 years, and which will appear as a state referendum this fall on election day, November 7.
In anticipation of the vote, Leagues of Women Voters throughout New York State have been studying the issue—the historical background, possible constitutional changes for consideration, costs, methods of delegate selection, and pros and cons.
Locally, the Hamptons League of Women Voters’ Government Committee, chaired by Estelle Gellman of East Hampton, will share its findings with the public in a PowerPoint presentation at an open community forum and discussion on Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. at Bridgehampton’s Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street.
According to the NYS Constitution’s mandated timeline, if the referendum is approved in November 2017, then New Yorkers would elect delegates to the constitutional convention at the general election on November 8, 2018, the delegates would start meeting in April 2019, and they could present their proposed changes to voters at the general election on November 5, 2019.
Holding a constitutional convention has proven to be a controversial issue over the years, risking deletions of hallowed principles but also the potential for positive change.
For questions about the program, contact the League at 631-324-4637, the Hampton Library at 631-537-0015, or lwvhamptons.org