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Letter To The Editor: Ethics And Voting Reform

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The League of Women Voters of Putnam County spent the summer and fall

working to educate voters on the constitutional convention ballot

proposal. We held public educational forums, passed out comprehensive

brochures on the history and process of conventions, and encouraged

voters to be open to both sides of the debate. We were pleased so

many voters turned over their ballots to vote on the convention

question, but disheartened to see how many people opposed holding a

convention that could have resulted in much needed ethics and voting


State legislative leaders, and eventually the Governor, came out

in opposition to holding a convention. Legislators have

reasoned that ethics and voting reforms are possible without

calling a convention. Although true, they have been slow to

move these reforms. New York State continues to rank among the

worst states in the nation in voter turnout and participation.

According to the Union Capitol Bureau newspaper, we ranked 41 in

the country in the 2016 election. That is shocking news in a

state whose proud motto is, "The Empire State."

Convention or not, New Yorkers are tired of waiting for our

election operations to be modernized. The legislature needs to

act and pass voting reform.

Now that the convention measure has failed, we should all be calling

on both houses of the legislature and the Governor to put their words

into actions. Tell your state Assembly member, Senator, and the

Governor to pass comprehensive voting reforms and bring our election

procedures into the 21st century

Eileen Reilly, President

LWV of Putnam County

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