The time has come to decide whether or not New York will hold a convention to open up its lengthy and convoluted Constitution to review and redrafting. Every 20 years, New York State has a referendum on the ballot allowing voters to decide Yes or No on a constitutional convention.
But State Legislators have come out swinging against the convention. And when public officials and special interests use fear tactics to protect the status quo, we must exercise our democratic rights in order to enact positive change.
If the majority of voters vote against the convention, no convention will take place and business will resume as usual. If instead, the Yes vote wins, a slate of delegates representing every New York district will be elected in November 2018 to begin the Constitution amending process. Starting the first week of April 2019, the delegates will convene in Albany to discuss and vote on possible amendments. And in November 2019, the referendums will appear on the ballot.
Most New Yorkers have no idea that this historic process exists, but the fear campaign against holding a convention has already begun.