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Voting & Elections 09.17.2014

Judge: NY Must Reword Redistricting Referendum

New York election officials must reword a November ballot question on the creation of a redistricting commission to avoid misleading voters into thinking it would be independent, a state judge ruled Wednesday.

Voting & Elections 09.17.2014

Judge Rules Proposed Redistricting Commission NOT Independent

In a strongly worded decision (attached), Albany Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath ruled unequivocally that the proposed redistricting commission: "cannot be described as 'independent' when eight out of the ten members are the handpicked appointees of the legislative leaders and the two additional members are essentially political appointees by proxy".

Voting & Elections 08.21.2014

Declaring independence: Referendum language misleads on redistricting commission

Could members of the Cuomo administration be up to the same mischief they engaged in last year when seeking permission to expand legalized gambling? A government watchdog group suspects so.

Voting & Elections 08.21.2014

Group challenges New York redistricting plan

Common Cause-New York seeks to reword the referendum, which critics say is misleading and could confuse voters into thinking they're voting for an independent redistricting commission.

Voting & Elections 08.19.2014

Common Cause leads lawsuit against redistricting ballot amendment

Common Cause/NY is leading a lawsuit appealing the state Board of Elections' approved ballot language on the November ballot to establish a redistricting commission.

Voting & Elections 08.19.2014

Lawsuit opposes language of redistricting amendment

Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause NY, is one of four plaintiffs in a lawsuit opposing the language of the ballot proposal that will ask voters if they want to amend the state constitution to overhaul the current redistricting system.

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