Forget ‘Hope vs. Fear.’ What does Math tell New Yorkers about a constitutional convention?

Data supports the case for the “Yes” vote. Only an appeal to unjustified fear can support the “No” vote.

New York is a deep blue state. The Trump backlash is making New York more liberal and anti-status quo. Delegate math will almost certainly produce a progressive constitutional convention. Opening up 204 more elected positions holds the potential for a Constitutional Convention that reflects the true diversity of New York State. The last Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution was in 1937. Our next opportunity will be in 20 years.

#1. New York is a deep blue state.

2016 New York State Presidential Results, by County via New York Times
Courtesy of Art Chang, The Sanctuary State Project.
Courtesy of Art Chang, The Sanctuary State Project
Courtesy of Art Chang, The Sanctuary State Project

#2. The Trump backlash is making New York more progressive.

Women’s March, Washington, DC January 21, 2017. Photo: Art Chang
Women’s March locations across New York State.
Map of Sanctuary Cities.
Table by Art Chang, based on data from Siena College and Huffington Post.
Table by Art Chang, based on data from Siena College

#3. Delegate Math will almost certainly produce a progressive constitutional convention.

Upon the “Yes” vote on November 7, New Yorkers will begin the process of collecting signatures for ballot provisions to run for Delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention. The New York State Constitution requires that three delegates will be chosen from each of the 63 state Senate Districts, plus 15 statewide delegates, for a total of 204 delegates.

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Art Chang

Art Chang

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Founder of Allie for Every Micro Org. Former 2021 Candidate for NYC Mayor. https://theallieapp.com