Reject Question 3 on Election Day
We are urging Rhode Islanders to REJECT Question 3 – and REJECT a Constitutional Convention – because it will serve as a vehicle for socially divisive Constitutional amendments. Approval of a Constitutional Convention is a significant threat to our civil rights. Across the country, issues like affirmative action, reproductive rights, gay rights, worker rights, and immigrant rights, have become fodder for expensive statewide campaigns mounted by wealthy, out-of-state special interests. Since there are no limits on how much money wealthy individuals and corporations can spend on referenda campaigns, we will see an influx of out-of-state money that distorts campaigns. By rejecting Question 3, we will ensure that our Constitution is not put up for sale.
In addition to the threat to our civil rights, Constitutional Conventions are very expensive. A bipartisan preparatory commission has estimated the cost to be about $2.5 million. Rhode Island is already struggling to provide adequate social services and keep a balanced budget, so there are much better ways to spend $2.5 million.
We hope you will join us in not only opposing this ballot measure, but helping us raise awareness of this significant threat to our rights and liberties.
- The people of Rhode Island
Reject Question 3 on Election Day – and reject a Constitutional Convention that will put our civil rights and liberties at risk.
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