Proposals part of the Nov. 7 ballot

Along with deciding who will represent them in several local government positions when they go to the polls Nov. 7, all Yates County voters will ponder three statewide proposals. Barrington voters will also consider three options for the sale of alcoholic beverages in that town. See the list of the three general proposals at right. The Barrington proposals will be detailed in the future. 

Only registered voters will be allowed to cast ballots Nov. 7, and Friday, Oct. 13 is the last day to register to vote either in person or by postmark An application postmarked Oct. 13 must be received by the board of elections by Oct. 18.

Other important dates:

• Oct. 18: The last day to submit a change of address.

• Oct. 28: Last day for a board of elections to receive an application for a military absentee ballot if not previously registered.

• Oct. 31: The last day to postmark an application or letter of application for an absentee ballot.

• Oct. 31: Last day for a board of elections to receive military absentee application, if by mail and previously registers.

• Nov. 6: Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot.

• Nov. 6: Last day to postmark absentee ballot, which must be received by the Board of Elections by Nov. 14.

• Nov. 6: Last day to apply personally for a military absentee ballot if previously registered.

• Nov. 6: Last day to postmark military ballot, which must be received by Nov. 20.

• Nov. 7 is the last day to deliver a general election absentee ballot in person.

Proposals on the Nov. 7 ballot:

Proposal Number One: Constitutional Convention: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same? All voters in New York State willbe asked to answer this question, marking either “yes” or “no.”

A state constitutional convention is a gathering of elected delegates who propose revisions and amendments to a state constitution. If voters approve a convention, delegates will be elected in November 2018 and the convention will convene April 2, 2019. Any amendments proposed during the convention will be voted on during the November 2019 general election. To learn more about a constitutional convention, visit http://www.newyorkconcon.info/ 

Proposal Number Two: An Amendment Allowing the Complete or Partial Forfeiture of a Public Officer’s Pension if He or She is Convicted of a Certain Type of Felony. All voters in New York State will be asked to answer this question by marking either “yes” or “no.”

The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 2 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s existing duties. 

Proposal Number Three: An Amdendment Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes.The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acreas of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the lant removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. The proposed amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation. All voters in New York State will be asked to answer this question by marking “yes” or “no.”