senate Bill S1851A

Makes provisions regarding the designation of polling places on college campuses

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 13 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1851A

Summary

Provides that whenever a contiguous property of a college or university contains three hundred or more registrants, the polling place designated for such election district shall be on such contiguous property or at a location approved by the college or university.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2162A
Versions:
S1851
S1851A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง4-104 & 4-100, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S2003A, A3430, A9386A
2007-2008: S3706, A1539

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BILL NUMBER:S1851A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to the boundaries of election
districts and the designation of polling
places

PURPOSE:
This bill would provide that election districts shall not be drawn in
such a way that they are partly on and partly off a college or
university campus or other contiguous college or university property
with 300 or more registered voters, excluding inactive voters. It
would also require that the poll sites for election districts serving
such concentrations of college or university voters shall be on the
campus or college or university property, or at a site approved by
the college or university.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill amends section 4-104 of the election law by
adding a new subdivision 5-a to provide that whenever 300 or more
registered voters (excluding registrants in inactive status) are
registered on a contiguous college or university property the polling
place for such voters shall be on the property or at a location
approved by the college or university.

Section two of the bill amends paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section
4-100 of the election law to add contiguous properties of colleges
and universities with 300 or more registered voters. (excluding
registrants in inactive status) to the list of geographic areas that
cannot be partly In and partly out of an election district.

Section three of the bill sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill would provide college and university campuses and other
college and university properties with large concentrations of voters
with their own election districts and their own poll sites, in
recognition of the fact that requiring residents of colleges and
universities to vote at sites remote from their campuses or requiring
voters unaffiliated with the colleges and universities to vote on
campuses can present unnecessary obstacles to voting.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010 PASSED SENATE

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on January 1, 2014.

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

                                 1851--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. OPPENHEIMER, DIAZ, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Elections -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections in
  accordance  with  Senate  Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  election  law, in relation to the boundaries of
  election districts and the designation of polling places

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

  Section  1.  Section  4-104 of the election law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 5-a to read as follows:
  5-A. WHENEVER  A  CONTIGUOUS  PROPERTY  OF  A  COLLEGE  OR  UNIVERSITY
CONTAINS  THREE  HUNDRED  OR  MORE REGISTRANTS (EXCLUDING REGISTRANTS IN
INACTIVE STATUS) WHO ARE REGISTERED  TO  VOTE  AT  AN  ADDRESS  ON  SUCH
CONTIGUOUS  PROPERTY,  THE POLLING PLACE DESIGNATED FOR SUCH REGISTRANTS
SHALL BE ON SUCH CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY OR AT A LOCATION  APPROVED  BY  THE
COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.
  S  2.  Paragraph  a  of subdivision 3 of section 4-100 of the election
law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended  to  read
as follows:
  a.  Each  election  district  shall  be in compact form and may not be
partly within and partly without a ward, town, city, a village which has
five thousand or more inhabitants and is wholly  within  one  town,  THE
CONTIGUOUS  PROPERTY  OF  A  COLLEGE  OR UNIVERSITY WHICH CONTAINS THREE
HUNDRED OR MORE REGISTRANTS (EXCLUDING REGISTRANTS IN  INACTIVE  STATUS)
WHO ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT AN ADDRESS ON SUCH CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY, or
a  county  legislative,  assembly, senatorial or congressional district.
Except as provided in paragraph b of this subdivision, election district
boundaries, other than those boundaries which are coterminous  with  the
boundaries  of  those  political  subdivisions AND COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00090-02-2

S. 1851--A                          2

PROPERTIES mentioned in this paragraph, must be streets,  rivers,  rail-
road lines or other permanent characteristics of the landscape which are
clearly  visible  to any person without the need to use any technical or
mechanical device. An election district shall contain not more than nine
hundred fifty registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status) or,
with the approval of the county board of elections, not more than eleven
hundred  fifty  registrants  (excluding registrants in inactive status),
but any election district may be divided  for  the  convenience  of  the
voters.
  S 3.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.

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