Sunday, October 31, 2021

NYSUT BACKS BALLOT PROPOSALS 1, 3, 4 Updated with results)


ALBANY – New York voters rejected three ballot proposals that would have implemented reforms favored by elected Democrats, including same-day voter registration and a measure that would have allowed anyone to cast an absentee ballot.

With 99% of election districts reporting, ballot proposals 1, 3 and 4 were easily defeated, a rare statewide victory for Republicans who helped organize opposition to the measures in a state that has a 2-to-1 Democratic enrollment advantage.

Voters easily approved proposal 2, which will install a right to clean air and clean water in the state constitution. They also authorized proposal 5, which will expand the jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court.

Democrats in the state Legislature had expressed support for all five measures, having twice approved them in order to get them placed on the statewide ballot.

These are the five ballot proposals on Tuesday's ballot in NYS.

The Ballot Initiatives would: 

1. Amend New York State’s apportionment and redistricting process.  

2. Establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment. 

3. Eliminate New York’s requirement that a citizen be registered to vote at least ten days before an election.  

4. Authorize no-excuse absentee voting.  

5. Allow the New York City Civil Court to hear and decide claims for up to $50,000 instead of the current limit of $25,000.  

NYSUT's recommendations:

VOTE YES on ballot proposals 1, 3 and 4

NYSUT strongly supports three of the five statewide ballot proposals voters will consider at the polls. If enacted, proposals 1, 3 and 4 would improve the state’s redistricting process, make it easier for voters to use absentee ballots, and eliminate the 10-day voter registration requirement.

Election day is Nov. 2. Early voting continues through Oct. 31. Contact your local board of elections for locations and times.


Anonymous said...

Vote NO on 1-4 They are all designed to keep the Democrats in charge and continue with their woke agenda and support over getting illegal immigrants vote and support them. Although if you like the way we are currently being governed then I guess you would like them.

James Eterno said...

If voter suppression is your best hope, that is not promising for your side.

waitingforsupport said...

@9:56 am disagrees with clean air water and a healthy environment for all. Beautiful...Not!

Glenn said...

James, why does the UFT not support #2? The PSC is.

Anonymous said...

The UFT opposes clean air, clean water and a healthy environment. Not good for Mulgrew.

Anonymous said...

Probably in small print. Sounds good, but what does it entail?

Anonymous said...

I will vote for #2 and #5 because they are reasonable.

I will vote against #1,#3 and #4 because NYSUT supports them for obvious political reasons
mentioned by @9:58 AM

NYSUT and the UFT do not support my political rights as an educator.
NYSUT and the UFT are fooling themselves badly.

Now when will I get paid for working during Spring Break 2020.
I prefer that NYSUT and UFT work on my behalf.

Anonymous said...

I am with anon 9:56. #'s 1 - 4 are double speak for more government bs that will lead to nothing but more spending of other people's money and getting liberal democrats and progressives elected. The ideas of tax and spend just doesn't work.

If the rest of the world is not on board with clean air and a healthy environment, it doesn't matter what we do in NY. Just do your part; stop driving and take mass transit and of course, do not take an airplane anywhere.

it sounds like you are a proponent of voter fraud.

James Eterno said...

How many states have same day registration? NY is a blue state with some very restrictive voting laws. I would like as many to legally vote as possible.

Anonymous said...

Voting no. It’s not really about clean water. Devil in the details. Politicians always attach false titles to the bs they want to pass.

Anonymous said...

Straw man @ 5:48

Anonymous said...

I would not endorse #5. Trump supporters are sue-happy and always trying to make a quick buck while criticizing reduced lunch programs.

Anonymous said...

Wasn’t Trump among many republicans looking to curb people’s ability to sue? Whether you realize it or not, you are agreeing with part of the Republican agenda. It’s republicans who always talk about curbing lawsuits, not democrats. What next? You going to refuse to have an abortion because the republicans want you to have one? #5 lifts the monetary cap for a particular court. Argument is it will alleviate the backlog caused by lockdowns. Voting Republican and no to number 5 so I guess we’re on the same team.

Anonymous said...

Who said anything about voting Republican? I'm too old to have an abortion so try another straw man. Not to mention, it's a very stupid comment. Aren't you guys whining on this thread about not voting for 1-4 because "waah, waaah, Democrats". I don't care about the monetary cap for a particular court, I oppose it because you imbeciles here want it while criticizing reduced lunch programs.

Anonymous said...

1:37, that's so lame. If a person is on the same side of one issue with Trump that makes them on the same team. Get a grip and stop sounding so desperate.