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Petitioning New York Governor

Tell Gov. Cuomo To Veto Unfair District Maps in New York State

266
Supporters

Every ten years, state electoral district lines are recalibrated, supposedly to account for demographic changes documented in the census. The real truth is that redistricting, as practiced in New York, is the process by which politicians pick the voters they’d like to represent. After much wrangling between parties, a task force made up of members of the State Legislature releases district lines that often cut through communities, all with the hope that the incumbent – Democrat or Republican – can stay in office.

It’s political self-interest at its most obvious. And it needs to stop.

On Long Island, this practice especially weakens the voting power of communities of color, and the proposed maps have carved up areas like Brentwood and Hempstead, "cracking" black, Latino, and immigrant communities.

At this point, the state legislature can't be trusted to act responsibly. But there's still hope for change.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has the power to veto these district lines and send a strong message to the state legislature in support of fair redistricting. 

Tell the governor to veto unfair district lines by signing this petition and calling his office at 518-474-8390.

Supporting Organizations

1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East

CARECEN

Common Cause NY

La Fuente / Long Island Civic Participation Project

Long Island Civic Engagement Table

Long Island Immigrant Alliance

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Long Island Wins

Make the Road New York

NAACP New York State Conference

New York Communities for Change

SEPA Mujer

 

 

Letter to
New York Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Veto Unfair District Maps in New York State

Every ten years, state electoral district lines are recalibrated, supposedly to account for demographic changes documented in the census. The real truth is that redistricting, as practiced in New York, is the process by which politicians pick the voters they’d like to represent. After much wrangling between parties, a task force made up of members of the State Legislature releases district lines that often cut through communities, all with the hope that the incumbent – Democrat or Republican – can stay in office.

It’s political self-interest at its most obvious. And it needs to stop.

On Long Island, this practice especially weakens the voting power of communities of color, and the proposed maps have carved up areas like Brentwood and Hempstead, "cracking" black, Latino, and immigrant communities.

At this point, the state legislature can't be trusted to act responsibly. But there's still hope for change.

Gov. Cuomo, you have the power to veto these district lines and send a strong message to the state legislature in support of fair redistricting.

Veto unfair district lines and stand up for black, Latino, and immigrant communities on Long Island.

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Sincerely,