The state Board of Elections will not appeal last week’s ruling to change the description of a referendum question on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot proposing a new redistricting commission, a board spokesman said Monday. The board is altering the ballots to reflect the decision by Albany Supreme Court Justice Patrick McGrath that the word “independent” must be deleted from the ballot itself, as well as a description and abstract of the proposition, because it inaccurately describes the nature of the commission.
Board spokesman John Conklin said McGrath’s Sept. 17 ruling came in time for the agency to change the ballots sent to military personnel by Oct. 3 and change its absentee ballots, which must be applied for by Oct. 28.
The ruling also prompted the board to redo written and audio translations into several foreign languages that have already been prepared. The board did not know how much it would cost to provide those updated translations, Conklin said.