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On Election Day, 2017, voters in New York State will be asked to respond to the question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?”

This mandatory question is presented to voters every 20 years. Citizens tend to ignore the ballot question entirely, and the last Constitutional Convention in New York State was in the 1960s. Yet reformers are calling loudly for a convention, and voters will make the call.

Now all voters can learn about the coming decision they must make in 2017 as to whether or not we should convene a Constitutional Convention to revise our State Constitution. On Thursday, April 7, at 7 PM at the Town of Ithaca Hall, 215 North Tioga Street, the Tompkins County Democratic Committee’s Issues Committee will sponsor a forum called “NYS Constitutional Convention Ballot Question—Should We Vote Yea or Nay?”

Representing the “yea” side will be Henrik N. Dullea, Cornell Vice President for University Relations Emeritus and a SUNY Trustee. Representing the “nay” side will be Barbara Lifton, Assemblywoman for the 125th Assembly District. The discussion will be moderated by Town of Ithaca Supervisor William Goodman.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Featured image courtesy of Nicolas Raymond on Flickr. 

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