Document Type

Brief

Category

What Comes Next?

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

On November 7, 2017, New York voters will be asked whether the State should hold a convention to revise the State constitution. The New York State Constitution requires that voters be asked this question every 20 years. If a majority of voters say no, nothing happens. If a majority of voters say yes, then there will be an opportunity in 2018 to elect three delegates from each State Senate District and an additional 15 statewide delegates to represent the citizens of New York at the Convention. At the Convention, delegates will propose and vote on changes to the Constitution; delegates also decide the process for considering changes, and even decide whether they will vote piecemeal on proposed changes, or will subject the Constitution as provisionally altered to an all-or-nothing vote. If the delegates ultimately vote for changes to the Constitution, those changes then go to the voters for ratification before the new Constitutional provisions take effect.

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