Anyone familiar with Federalist No. 52 knows that the right to vote is considered sacrosanct in the United States, that such is “very just regarded as a fundamental article of republican government.” Three (3) propositions on the ballot for consideration in this year’s statewide elections in New York may affront that very right and its inviolable nature. While it is unquestioned that the right to vote is to be available to all persons eligible, protections against manipulation of that right are equally requisite and must be forever maintained. Proposition One involves geographic redistricting favorable to the political party in control of the legislature. Proposition Three involves the elimination of the requirement for an eligible voter to be registered ten (10) days prior to an election (thus allowing for registration the same date as the election). Proposition Four involves the elimination of the restrictions that an eligible voter must be outside of the county of residence (or New York City, for city residents) or unable to appear because of disability or illness for in-person voting. One who pays careful attention to the texts of these propositions will come to realization these propositions would change laws already in effect, that is, already enacted by a duly-elected legislature. To prevent the affront on the indelible right of suffrage that would be incurred by ratification of these propositions, our office respectfully recommends voting “NO” to Proposition Nos. 1, 3, and, 4, on November 2.
November 4, 2021 Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in what portends to be a landmark case with respect rights endowed by the