New York Casino Voter Referendum Wording Challenged by Attorney
A November nyc State casino referendum for voters has one attorney questioning the ballot's wording
In November, ny voters are scheduled to vote on a referendum that would enable several casino that is new become built throughout the state. But if one Brooklyn lawyer is successful, that referendum shall be halted due to language within the ballot question that he claims violates state legislation.
Referendum Language Questioned
The language in the referendum carries a amount of 'legislative purposes' that paint the proposal in a light that is unmistakably positive. For example, the question mentions 'promoting work growth, increasing aid to schools and permitting local governments to lower property taxes.' That language was authorized by the State Board of Elections in July.
But now, lawyer Eric J. Snyder is contending that the language in the bill violates New York legislation. Based on a lawsuit filed within the nyc State Supreme Court, Snyder alleges that the language violates the continuing State Constitution's prohibition on the use of general public money in the aid of 'private undertakings.'
'The Constitution is pretty clear that you cannot use general public cash to sway or influence a vote,' Snyder said.
Snyder isn't the only one who has brought up difficulties with the language into the referendum. Many government watchdog groups also notice it as one-sided, and groups that are religious also noted the language used whenever telling parishioners to consider social ills that could come with the advertised benefits of casino expansion.