As has been mentioned previously, the League of Women Voters of NYS and Citizens Union are working for passage of the constitutional amendment concerning redistricting that will be on the ballot in November. The League believes that the proposed amendment will provide for a fairer process for drawing the legislative district lines.
The New York Times published an editorial on +July 7, 2014, criticizing the proposed amendment (click here for editorial).
The State League submitted a response to the New York Times’ editorial in which the Times suggests that the constitutional amendment to reform redistricting “would only make matters worse.”
We believe the editorial is wrong on the basic facts of what it predicts the amendment would do. Approval of a redistricting plan will need votes of members of parties not in power, either by a super-majority vote in the commission or in the legislature itself.