NYC Election News: Live Updates

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There are five proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot paper asking voters to take a stand on measures involving legislative redistribution, amendments to voting laws, environmental policy and New York City’s civil courts. Those approved will take effect on January 1, 2022.

Here is a quick overview of the five ballot papers.

This measure involves drawing up legislative cards, which take place every 10 years. It also proposes other changes such as limiting the number of state senators to 63 and counting imprisoned persons at their last place of residence instead of where they are detained.

Under the measure, only a simple majority of state legislators – rather than the current two-thirds – would be required to adopt redistribution plans. Opponents have argued that this change may diminish the voting power of a minority party, although others have said it is too early to predict.

This measure would give New Yorkers a constitutional right to clean air, water and a “healthy environment.” The language of the proposal is vague as to what a “healthy environment” is or how the standard would be legally enforced.

Critics have cited the measure’s widespread language as a concern, arguing that the lack of specificity could lead to unnecessary litigation. But environmentalists have said the language of the proposal only poses a risk to those who may be polluting the environment.

The measure, one of two proposals for ballot papers related to voting rights, would remove a rule requiring voters to register at least 10 days before an election.

If passed, the measure would allow state lawmakers to pass voter registration on the same day, something 20 states have already done. This measure would be particularly beneficial for voters who do not begin to be aware of local politics until late in the election cycle, supporters have said.

The second proposed change to the voting process would eliminate the requirement for those requesting missing ballot papers to explain why they need them.

Under current law, ballot papers are only allowed for voters who expect to be away on election day or who have an illness or disability that would prevent them from voting in person.

This measure would double the monetary limit for claims filed in New York City’s civil courts from $ 25,000 to $ 50,000. This would allow the courts to consider several small claims, reducing the caseload of the state Supreme Court.

While the change is likely to increase the efficiency of litigation, it could also increase the workload of the city’s understaffed civil courts.

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