ELMIRA (WENY) – New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy is urging voters to vote against a series of proposed amendments on the state ballot this November.
There are five proposals that voters can decide on in the 2021 election. They are as follows:
- Free the number of state senators at 63, amend the process for the counting of the state’s population, delete certain provisions that violate the United States Constitution, repeal and amend certain requirements for the appointment of the co-executive directors of the redistricting commission and amend the manner of drawing district lines for congressional and state legislative offices
- Establish the right of each person to clean ear and water and a healthful environment within the State Constitution
- Delete the current requirement that a citizen be registered to vote at least 10 days before an election and allow the Legislature to enact laws permitting a citizen to register to vote less than 10 days before the election
- Delete the current requirement that an absentee voter must be unable to appear at the polls by reason of absence from the county or illness or physical disability
- Increase the New York City Civil Court’s jurisdiction by allowing it to hear and decide claims for up to $50,000 instead of the current jurisdictional limit of $25,000
The main focus is on Proposals 1, 3 and 4, with Langworthy previously arguing the ballot proposals could compromise the integrity of future elections.
“We need people to be aware that this is going on,” said Langworthy. “…We need to vote no on these important issues.”
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R – Big Flats) has also previously come out against the proposals, particularly Proposals 1, 3 and 4. In an Op-Ed posted in The Chronicle Express, Senator O’Mara said he believed Proposal 1 would result in “partisan gerrymandering” by putting the majority party in control of the redistricting process. He also argued allowing same-day voter registration and no-excuse absentee ballots could increase chances for voter fraud.
The voting process became a hot-button issue following the 2020 election after former President Donald Trump falsely claimed the election had been stolen. There have been calls for forensic investigations of the electoral process in several states, including Pennsylvania, but so far, no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been reported.