Voters must decide in November whether to approve Proposal No. 1, the New York Redistricting Amendment to the state Constitution which would create a redistricting commission to redraw the electoral districts after the 2020 census.
The League of Women Voter-New York State and Citizens Union urge a “Yes” vote. In addition to creating a 10-member commission to redraw electoral lines, the proposed amendment would codify important criteria for drawing district lines and curtail majority party dominance of the approval process.
Some organizations working for government reform question whether it will really produce the benefits claimed. The league fears if the amendment is not passed, no reforms will be made before the next redistricting.
To encourage government participation the League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metro Area will co-sponsor a forum with The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester and the Social Justice Council of The First Unitarian Church of Rochester from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Road.
Pros and cons will be presented. Pre-registration is appreciated: (585) 262-3730 or www.lwv-rma.org.