A coalition of good-government and civic organizations on Thursday urged the state Board of Elections to print the question as to whether the state should hold a constitutional convention on the front of the November ballot.

The letter signed by the League of Women Voters, Citizens Union, the Long Island Association, Committee for a Constitutional Convention and the NY Peoples’ Convention PAC.

“This is too important a question to be relegated to the back of the ballot,” said Dare Thompson, the president of the League of Women Voters of New York State. “No one should be deprived of their vote by forgetting to turn the ballot over.”

Voters in New York consider whether to hold a constitutional convention every 20 years in a ballot referendum.

State legislative leaders in Albany have expressed unease with holding one over concerns that special interest groups could sway the outcome of the final document.

“I understand peoples’ desire to put it in the hands of the people to decide. But people are also subjected to campaigns,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said this week. “My concern is there can be a lot of outside money influencing what would be the election of 180 or so temporary legislators.”

Senate Majority Leader John FLanagan raised concerns over the cost of a potential convention as well.

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