Orleans votes against all 5 state-wide propositions

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 November 2021 at 8:34 am

Orleans County voters opposed all five state-wide propositions on the ballot, proposals about the redistricting process, voting, the environment and civil courts in New York City.

Here are the results in Orleans County:

• Proposition one (redistricting) – 5,259 no votes and 928 in favor

• Proposition two (environment) – 3,380 no votes, 2,630 voted yes

• Proposition three (voting) – 5,443 no votes, 799 voted yes

• Proposition four (voting) – 5,284 no votes, 943 yes votes

• Proposition five (courts) – 3,781 no votes, 2,000 yes votes

State-wide, propositions 1, 3 and 4 were rejected and propositions 2 and 5 are likely to have passed, according to media reports.

The Republicans and Conservative parties were among the most vocal opponents to propositions 1, 3 and 4. Proposition 1 would have amended the state’s redistricting process. Proposition 3 would have eliminated a deadline of 10 days before an election for someone to register to vote. Proposition 4 would have authorized no-excuse absentee voting.

Proposition 2 called for established the right to clean air and clean water. And Proposition 5 was focused on civil courts in New York City.

A coalition supporting the changes in redistricting and voting called the results “a black eye for democracy.”

“These results are a cautionary tale showing that even in deep blue New York, we can’t take pro-democracy outcomes for granted,” Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY, said in a statement. “Anti-democracy forces are drowning out common-sense reforms with fear mongering scare tactics, and voters are listening.”

Gerard Kassar, NYS Conservative Party Chairman, tweeted this reaction to the three propositions failing: “Propositions 1,3 & 4 were handily defeated. Shows NY Legislature out of touch with the people. Even in NYC 40 % of those voting sided with the Conservative and Republican Parties in voting no.”