senate Bill S1972A

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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  • 14 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1972A

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:
A1684A
Versions:
S1972
S1972A
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:
2011-2012: A1684
2009-2010: A5230, A5230
2007-2008: A4488, A4488

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BILL NUMBER:S1972A

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

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 5-210 of election law is amended by adding a new subdivision
1-a which enables qualified persons to register to vote.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation seeks to set parameters and guidelines fix 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 that state take every action necessary to allow
eligible voters the 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 Election Day.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

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

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

                                 1972--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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 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 THE DAY OF ANY PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL
ELECTION 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
REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH  REGISTRANT  MAY  BE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04805-02-1

S. 1972--A                          2

ALLOWED  TO  REGISTER  FOR AND VOTE IN ANY ELECTION BY AFFIDAVIT BALLOT.
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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