New York Independent Redistricting Amendment (2014)
|Independent Redistricting Amendment|
|Constitution:||New York Constitution|
|Referred by:||New York Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
The New York Independent Redistricting Amendment is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of New York as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would create an independent redistricting commission to establish state senate, assembly and congressional districts.
The measure was sponsored in the New York Legislature by Rep. Sheldon Silver (D-65) and Sen. Dean Skelos (R-9).
- Senate Co-President Dean Skelos (R-9)
- Senate Co-President Jeffrey Klein (D-34)
- House Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-65)
- Rep. Helene Weinstein (D-41)
- Rep. Steve Englebright (D-4)
- Rep. Michael Cusick (D-63)
- Rep. David Weprin (D-24)
- Rep. Sandy Galef (D-95)
- Rep. Michael Miller (D-38)
- Rep. Michael Montesano (R-15)
- Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-38)
- Rep. Michelle Schimel (D-16)
- Rep. Kenneth Zebrowski (D-96)
- Common Cause New York
- Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner argued, “The proposed constitutional amendment sets up a hyperpartisan, expensive and ineffective structure for redistricting. Ultimately this is not an independent process, and the voters lose.”
Media editorial positions
- Albany Times Union said, "The measure’s supporters claim it will turn redistricting over to an independent commission. But as surely as a puppet doesn’t act independently from its unseen puppeteer, this commission would be a tool of the legislature that created it. And which wrote loopholes into it big enough to drag a gerrymandered district through… If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature have their way, politicians will be even more empowered than they are now to manipulate the political maps, and essentially pick who votes for them."
- The Post-Standard said, "Question: When does the word “independent” mean ”controlled by the same old party leaders”? Answer: When it comes in front of “redistricting commission”… Voters have one more chance to defeat this ill-conceived, undemocratic and partisan constitutional amendment."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the New York Constitution
The measure was referred to the ballot after being approved by both houses in successive terms by simple majority. S2107 was approved for a second time by the New York State Senate on January 23, 2013. A2086 was approved for a second time by the New York State Assembly on January 14, 2013.
January 23, 2013 Senate vote
|New York S2107 Senate Vote|
January 14, 2013 Assembly vote
|New York A2086 Assembly Vote|
- New York State Assembly, "A02086 Summary", accessed January 20, 2014
- New York State Assembly, "S02107 Summary", accessed January 20, 2014
- Albany Times Union, "Redistricting panel gets another overhaul", January 23, 2013
- Albany Times Union, "Call this reform? More like a sham", January 24, 2013
- The Post-Standard, "New York's Redistricting Mess: Now it's up to voters to undo hyper-partisan process", January 25, 2013
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