2014 NYS Ballot Questions


What it means 

"Vote Yes" supporters

"Vote No"

Proposal Number 1

An Amendment: Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure

This is a controversial amendment to the state constitution, which would enshrine a specific method for handling the redistricting of congressional, assembly, and state senate districts every ten years.

Citizens Union, League of Women Voters 

Common Cause NY, Sen. Liz Krueger, New York City Council Progressive Caucus, Make the Road Action Fund, New York Times, VOCAL-NY, many others.

Proposal Number 2

An Amendment: Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills

This is an amendment that allows the state legislature to distribute bills to the members electronically, instead of in printed form

All but one member of the state legislature, and nearly everybody else as far as we can tell, except for DC37, and Rev. Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church

DC37, Rev. Calvin Butts, paper companies

Proposal Number 3

A Proposition: The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014

This is a controversial amendment to allow the state to sell 2 billion dollars in bonds to fund improved technology in school classrooms, and other educational needs.

NYSUT, Gov. Cuomo, others

Citizens Budget Commission, others

Proposition 1

On this November's ballot, voters in New York State will have the chance to vote for an amendment to the state constitution which would change the system of redistricting that occurs every ten years. While NKD has not (yet) taken a position on this proposal, we believe strongly in the ultimate goal of a fair, independent redistricting system.

The text of the proposal can be found here.

On Tuesday September 30, we were visited by speakers advocating both sides.

presented by Rachael Fauss from Citizens Union
One-page summary
More information at Vote Yes for Progress

presented by Jesse Laymon from the No Prop 1 NY
One-page summary
More information at No Prop 1 NY


Get Out the Vote!

Albany is a mess, there’s no doubt about it. And NKD is committed to doing our part to change that. The single most important thing we can do is get progressive, community-minded candidates elected to office. It's proven that the most convincing advocate for a candidate is a volunteer. So we need ALL members to pitch in however they can.

Tuesday is Primary Day. Which means NOW IS THE TIME! If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines this summer, this is the moment to change that. And if you’ve been active, then this is the moment to finish big!

How can you help, you ask? Every campaign is organizing a daily and nightly event between now and Tuesday. Let us know which you’d like to get involved with. You can reach out to any candidate's campaign office, or reach out to us and we can put you in touch.

Debbie Medina (for Senate-20) & Nick Rizzo (for Male District Leader-50) — Contact Esteban Duran

Lori Boozer (for Assembly-55) — contact Lacey Tauber

Ceasar Zuniga (for Assembly-51) — contact Alex Low

Rubain Dorancy (for Senate-18) — contact Jason Reischel


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