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LWV Forum on NYS Referendum on Constitutional Convention
September 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Monday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Hampton Bays Senior Center
“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 complicated 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, co-chaired by Cathy Peacock of Amagansett and Ann Sandford of Bridgehampton, will provide a PowerPoint public information program and discussion on Monday, September 18, 7 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Senior Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave.
The program will be taped by Southampton Town’s SEA-TV and aired on Channel 22.
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 constitutional principles but also providing the potential for positive change. Come hear the pros and cons to help make up your mind.
For questions, or to request a speaker on this topic for your organization, contact the League at 631-324-4637, or the Government Committee Co-Chairs Cathy Peacock at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Sandford at email@example.com