If you will be voting in Connecticut next Tuesday, you will not only be casting a vote that will influence the direction of the country with your choice for president, but you will have an opportunity to cast a vote that will have a significant impact on the future of Connecticut. Question 1, which must appear on the general election ballot every 20 years, reads:
“Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the state?”
The best answer to this question is no.
A television ad from CT Vote No
As a Connecticut resident who happens to also be a student at Wesleyan, I urge you to vote no on question 1. We do not need to have a constitutional convention in Connecticut because…
- …our state legislature can amend the constitution when necessary, and has done so 30 times since 1970
- …the delegates to the convention are not chosen by voters, and cannot be held accountable by voters. By comparison, when our legislators make changes to the state constitution, they can face repercussions at the ballot box if voters find such changes undesirable.
- …it will be an additional cost burden on the state, at a time when we can least afford it.
Here is what one of the groups mobilizing in favor of a constitutional convention, The Family Institute of CT has to say:
“Getting a “yes” vote on Question 1 on Election Day in order to have a constitutional convention is very likely the only chance we will have to restore not only marriage, BUT OUR VERY RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNMENT IN CONNECTICUT!”
Nevermind what they wrote in all caps. What this is really about for them is what I’ve italicized above: restrictively defining marriage.
They plan to do that through Initiative Referenda, which is the goal cited by the pro-convention website:
Our mission is to inform and educate as many people as we can that it is extremely important for them to vote yes to this question. If the yes votes win then it will be incumbent upon the state legislature to convene a state Constitution Convention. It will be in this arena where we can implement Initiative Referenda as a mechanism and amend our state Constitution for a 31st time.
This has a lot of implications. California allows for ballot initiatives, and as such they find themselves in a huge budget deficit (who’s not going to vote for keeping taxes the same, even as expenses rise?). Not only that, but out of state anti-marriage equality groups have poured enormous resources into the state to push proposition 8, which would restrict marriage rights in California.
We don’t need that in Connecticut. We finally have full marriage equality in the state and hope to help light that path for the rest of the nation.
Below are some links to other opinions in favor of voting no on question one, as well as other information:
- CT Vote No
- Love Makes a Family
- The Risks In A Constitutional Convention – The Stamford Advocate
- No To A Convention – The Hartford Courant
- Constitutional Convention Isn’t Needed – Danbury News-Times
- Don’t Lower The Bar – Hartford Business Journal
- Top 6 Reasons to Vote No – Glastonbury Resident
Last but not least, a disclosure. I proudly work for the CT Citizen Action Group, which as an organization is officially supporting the CT Vote No effort, but I am publishing this blog post on my own behalf as a Wesleyan student on my own time using my own resources.