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- Election DayNovember 6th, 2018Get Out and Vote Green!
Things don’t always go as planned. Aside from running as a candidate, I’m also a coordinator and treasurer for a number of other Green Party candidates. I’m pleased to say that I got all of them on the ballot. However, due to a clerical error on my part at the time of filing (and my ADHD), I will not appear on the ballot today on the Green Party line for State Senate in SD34. Although I did get the requisite signatures for myself and filed on time, in my determination to serve the other candidates, I filed my petition along with theirs. One problem: I wasn’t supposed to file my petition there. SD34 spans Westchester and Bronx counties. Because of this, petitions must be filed with the BOE in Albany…not in NYC. I’ve run before, and I’ve filed in Albany before. Oh, well.
But I’m not giving up. And neither should you. When you go to the polls today, just write me in. A write-in vote is every bit as valid and counts as much as any other vote. In fact, many write-in candidates have won elections in the past. Write-ins are the only way we have at present to express our dissatisfaction with the “chosen” machine candidates. It is both a protest vote, and a vote of conscience and principle for whom and what you really want.
The sample ballot above shows you where to write-in a candidate: the space is at the far right side of the ballot after the names of the other candidates for that office. Fill in the oval and write my name in below it.
Since I’m not on the ballot for SD34, why not write me in for CD14 and AD82. as well as SD34? Couldn’t hurt.
No matter your choice, though, get out and vote today.
This Tuesday, Election Day, when you go to vote for me (and all the other Green Party candidates on the ballot), don’t forget to turn the ballot over and vote “No” on the proposition question of the call for a constitutional convention. While this may seem like a positive pro-active idea, the process for electing delegates is as subject to money and influence as the election system in general.
Here are some considerations (all with which I agree) that a friend of mine posted recently:
- “First, if this proposal were to pass the convention would cost hundreds of millions of dollars including a minimum salary of $79,500 for each of 204 delegates for a total minimum salary cost of $16,218,000.
- Second, these delegates would be elected after running for these seats in the ConCon. Corporations and other special interests could spend millions to have their lobbyists elected to the ConCon.
- Third, Albany insiders, politicians and their families could double-dip on their salary and pensions. Each delegate would receive pension credit.
Now for what could be affected by a constitutional convention:
- although proponents of this proposal say pensions are safe from meddling by these delegates because they are contracts and protected by the US Constitution, if the ConCon nevertheless makes changes to the pension system someone would have to take it to court to declare the change unconstitutional. Pensioners would hope the court sees it their way.
- the “forever wild” provision of the NYS Constitution, creating the Adirondack Park, could be changed or abolished.
- access to a quality public education is currently guaranteed by the state constitution.
- election and voting rights are currently protected in our state constitution.
The last constitutional convention produced proposals for amendments to the state constitution. The voters rejected all of them.
New York State already has a legislative process to amend the state constitution which doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything.
A ConCon seems too risky given how it would be conducted.”