senate Bill S1769A

Provides that qualified persons who are not registered to vote may register on a day of election at their polling places

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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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  • 12 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 21 / Dec / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 21 / Dec / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 1769A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Provides that qualified persons who have never previously registered to vote may register on any day, including a day of election, that the board of elections is open for business; requires establishment of a procedure to enable such registrants to cast their votes at the appropriate polling places.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6421A
Versions:
S1769
S1769A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง5-210, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S5059A, A5257A
2007-2008: A4714

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BILL NUMBER:S1769A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to allowing for polling place
voter
registration for any qualified person who is not registered to vote

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To provide qualified persons who have never previously registered to
vote with the opportunity on the day of an election.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 5-210 of the election law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 1-a.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation seeks to set parameters and guidelines for Election
Day voter registration. Allowing for persons eligible to vote to
register to vote up until and on Election Day has increased voter
turnout in the six states (Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire,
Wisconsin and Wyoming) On average, turnout was 14% higher in EDR
states than across the country in the 2004 election cycle. New York
consistently ranks near the bottom in voter turnout in the country.
It is imperative the state take every action necessary to allow
eligible voters the opportunity to register and vote. Most voters do
not get excited or involved in elections until the very last moment
when often it is too late to register to vote. This must be changed,
voters should have the ability to register and vote on Election Day.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.1769 of 2010-2011 - Referred to Elections
S.5059A or 2009-2010 - Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect January 1, 2013.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1769--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 12, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Elections  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the election law, in relation to allowing for polling
  place voter registration for any qualified person who  is  not  regis-
  tered to vote

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 5-210 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A.  (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE RELATING
TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, ANY QUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOT REGISTERED
IN THIS STATE MAY APPLY PERSONALLY FOR REGISTRATION  AND  ENROLLMENT  BY
APPEARING  AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE FOR THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN
WHICH HE OR SHE RESIDES ON ANY DAY OF  ELECTION,  PRIMARY,  GENERAL,  OR
SPECIAL, DURING THE HOURS THAT SUCH POLLING PLACE IS OPEN FOR VOTING. TO
BE  ELIGIBLE  TO  REGISTER  PURSUANT  TO THIS SUBDIVISION, A PERSON MUST
PROVIDE ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION  CONTAINING  PROOF  OF  RESI-
DENCE,  AS  DETERMINED BY STATE LAW IMPLEMENTING THE HELP AMERICANS VOTE
ACT OF 2002 (PUBLIC LAW 107-252). ANY PERSON WHO SO  REGISTERS  TO  VOTE
SHALL  EXECUTE  THE  FOLLOWING INSTRUMENT IN SUBSTANTIALLY THE FOLLOWING
FORM:
"I, (NAME), DO HEREBY CERTIFY, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY,  THAT,  TO  THE
BEST  OF  MY KNOWLEDGE, I AM A QUALIFIED VOTER, HAVING RESIDED AT (PLACE
OF RESIDENCE) FOR  AT  LEAST  THIRTY  DAYS  IMMEDIATELY  PRECEDING  THIS
ELECTION,  THAT  I AM NOT DISQUALIFIED ON ANY LEGAL GROUNDS FROM VOTING,
AND THAT I HAVE NOT ALREADY VOTED AT THIS ELECTION."
  (B) IF A REGISTRANT IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE VALID PROOF OF  RESIDENCE  AS
PROVIDED  FOR  IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH REGISTRANT MAY
BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR AND VOTE IN ANY ELECTION BY AFFIDAVIT BALLOT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06740-02-1

S. 1769--A                          2

SUCH AFFIDAVIT BALLOT SHALL NOT BE COUNTED UNTIL ELECTION OFFICIALS  CAN
DETERMINE SUCH REGISTRANT'S RESIDENCE AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE.
  (C)  THE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A
PERSON WHO REGISTERS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION MAY CAST  HIS  OR  HER
VOTE AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2013.

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