Constitutional convention rejected in New York

Published: Nov. 7, 2017 at 10:43 PM EST
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New Yorkers have rejected calls for a constitutional convention. Voters resoundingly defeated a ballot question which, if approved, would have scheduled a convention in 2019 in which the state's Constitution could be completely rewritten or just amended.

Supporters of the measure said they wanted to address chronic corruption and porous campaign finance rules. But unions, environmental groups, and Planned Parenthood were among the groups that urged opposition. They warned deep-pocketed special interests could use a convention to undermine existing constitutional rights.