Ballot measures to loosen voting rules are big losers in New York election

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Two statewide ballot measures that would nix provisions of the state constitution and allow same-day voter registration and universal vote-by-mail were voted down by New Yorkers Tuesday.

The measures — Question 3 and Question 4 — were backed by a plurality of voters in New York City, though at least 200,000 in the five boroughs left that part of their ballot empty.

However, the provisions were staunchly opposed in many upstate counties — including in Erie County, home of the heavily Democratic city of Buffalo. Neither measure had more than 40 percent of the vote.

A third measure — Question 1 — would have removed partisan requirements insuring that new district maps must receive some support from at least one member of the minority party in Albany, i.e. the Republicans. It, too, appeared headed for defeat with just 39 percent saying yes.

Meanwhile, voters did approve measures to add a right to clean air and water to the state constitution — known as Question 2 — and also approved Question 5, which ups the cap on torts in New York City Civil Court to $50,000.

New York voters approved the right to clean air and water in the state constitution.
New York voters approved the right to clean air and water in the state constitution.
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