senate Bill S1333
(D) 18th Senate District
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Provides to any person early voting for a candidate for public office in a general election to take place no sooner than twenty days and no later than five days prior to election day, and for a special election to take place no sooner than eight days and no later than two days prior to election day; and such voting shall take place at such person's county board of elections.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the election law, in relation to providing for early voting
Establishes a program of early voting prior to a primary, general, or
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends the New York State Election Law by adding a new section 8-600 to
provide for early voting twenty days prior to a primary or general
election and eight days prior to a special election.
Current law provides for voting to occur on the first Tuesday following
the first Monday in the month of November- Additionally, the State
constitution provides for absentee voting prior to election day in
limited circumstances, as provided for by statute.
Early voting is a progressive concept that has been spreading throughout
the country over the last several years in an effort to increase citizen
involvement and turnout in elections. This concept differs from absentee
voting in that voters may visit an election official's office, or in
some states other satellite voting locations and cast a vote in person
without offering an excuse for not being able to vote on election day.
These locations vary and in some states include grocery stores, shopping
malls, schools, and libraries. Early voting is generally conducted on
the same voting equipment used in the regular election, as opposed to
absentee voting, which is conducted on mail-in paper ballots.
The time period for early voting also varies by state, but in most cases
is available during a period of 10-14 days before the election and
generally ends the Friday or Saturday immediately preceding the
At this point in time, about half the states, twenty-seven to be exact,
offer some form of "no excuse required" early voting. A specific
breakdown of some of the larger states follows with a short description
of what their statute provides for:
California - Permits no excuse early voting starting 29 days prior to
election See Cal Elect. Code 3018
Florida - Permits no excuse early voting starting 15 days before an
election See Fla Statute Title 9 Ch 101.657
Illinois - Permits no excuse early voting starting 22 days before an
election and ending 5 days before the election. A permanent polling
place for early voting must remain open during the hours of 8:30-4:30
pm. See 10111. Comp Stat. Ann 5/19-1
Louisiana- Permits no excuse early voting starting twelve days from the
election and ending six days prior to. See La Rev. Stat. 18-303(B) Maine
- Permits no excuse required voting. A voter may go in person to vote at
the clerk's office as soon as absentee ballots are available (typically
available 30-45 days prior). See Maine Rev. Stat. Title 21A 9-753(13)8
North Carolina- Referred to as 'one stop voting' with no excuse
required. Begins no earlier than the third Thursday before the election
and continues through the Saturday before election day. Voter must
appear at the county board of elections to exercise this option. See N C
Gen. Stat 163-227.2
Texas - Permits no excuse required starting seventeen days before each
election and ends four days before each election. See Tex. Elec Code
Vermont - Permits in person early voting with no excuse required. Voting
starts thirty days before the primary or general election. See Vt..
Stat. 17 KS A. 2531
This bill seeks to introduce early voting to New York by providing a
means in which citizens can vote early at their local board of elections
up to twenty days before the actual election. In order to exercise this
privilege any registered voter can show up at their local board of
elections, fill out a form similar to that used to request an absentee
ballot and proceed to vote on a voting machine right there at the board.
The bill would also allow alternate designations to be used as
established by the local board should the popularity for the program in
any given county be significant.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.
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