senate Bill S1535

Amended

Relates to the rights of a victim of domestic violence to cast special ballots if they leave their residence because of such violence

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 02 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 10 / Mar / 2009
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.100
  • 11 / Mar / 2009
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / Mar / 2009
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 16 / Mar / 2009
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A3910
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 02 / Mar / 2010
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.209
  • 03 / Mar / 2010
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Mar / 2010
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 16 / Mar / 2010
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 1535A
  • 17 / Mar / 2010
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A3910A

Summary

Relates to the rights of a victim of domestic violence to cast special ballots if they leave their residence because of such violence; includes family and household members.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3910
Versions:
S1535
S1535A
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11-306, El L
Versions Introduced in 2007-2008 Legislative Cycle:
S5068, A7463

Votes

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6
Aye
0
Nay
0
aye with reservations
0
absent
1
excused
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abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1535

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the election law, in relation to special ballots for
victims of domestic violence


PURPOSE :
This bill incorporates by reference the broad definitions of "domestic
violence" and "family member" contained in the Domestic Violence
Prevention Act in the Social Security Law.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
Amends section 11-306 of the Election Law, as added by Chapter 702 of
the Laws of 1996. This chapter did not contain definitions of
"domestic violence" or of "family members".

JUSTIFICATION :
Chapter 702 of 1996 permits victims of domestic violence who have fled
the family residence because of danger to themselves or members of
their families to cast their votes at the Board of Elections by paper
ballot, rather than being required to appear at the polling place,
where their abusers might be able to stalk them. However, Chapter 702
did not contain definitions of "domestic violence" or "family
members". This new legislation clarifies that domestic violence
includes such things as "harassment" and "menacing" as well as actual
physical abuse. The definition of family members is clarified to
include ex-spouse, the parents of a child and residents of the same
household.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.4214 of 2002 Referred to Rules
S.1320 of 2003 3rd Reading
S.1320 of 2004 Referred to Elections
S.238 of 2005 Committed to Rules
S.238 of 2006 Referred to Elections
S.5068 of 2007 Referred to Elections
S.5068 of 2008 Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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