senate Bill S1978

Removes ten day advance voter registration requirement

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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 JUDICIARY
  • 19 / Jan / 2011
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 27 / Apr / 2011
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 09 / Jan / 2012
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 08 / Feb / 2012
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

Summary

Amends the constitution to delete the requirement that registration for purposes of voting be completed at least ten days before election day and provides that laws be made to adequately safeguard against deception in the exercise of the right of suffrage; enables the legislature to enact legislation permitting persons to register to vote on election day and also to implement adequate safeguards against fraud.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1686
Versions:
S1978
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 2 ยง5, Constn
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S1616, A3734
2007-2008: A4258

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BILL NUMBER:S1978

TITLE OF BILL:
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
proposing an amendment to section
5 of article 2 of the
constitution, in relation to the
ten day advance registration
requirement

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill amends section 5 of article
2 of the constitution to eliminate the ten day advance voter
registration requirement. If adopted, the legislature would set
guidelines for this provision.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation seeks to remove the ten day advance
voter registration requirement. With voter turnout at an all time
low, allowing same day registration would increase and encourage
greater participation. This increased participation would only prove
beneficial to the political process.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This amendment may be referred to the first regular
legislative session convening after the next succeeding general
election of members of the Assembly, and, in conformity with section
1 of article 19 of the constitution, be published for three months
previous to the time of such election.

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

                                  1978

                       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 Judiciary

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing an amendment to section 5 of article 2 of the constitution, in
  relation to the ten day advance registration requirement

  Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 5 of  arti-
cle 2 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
  S  5. Laws shall be made for ascertaining, by proper proofs, the citi-
zens who shall be entitled to the right of suffrage hereby  established,
and  for  the  registration  of  voters[;  which  registration  shall be
completed at least ten days before each election] WITH SUCH PROVISION AS
IN THE JUDGMENT OF THE LEGISLATURE  IS  ADEQUATE  TO  SAFEGUARD  AGAINST
DECEPTION  IN  THE EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE.  Such registration
shall not be required for town and village elections except  by  express
provision of law.
  S  2.  Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment
be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next succeeding general election of members of  the  assembly,  and,  in
conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
published for three months previous to the time of such election.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD89066-01-1

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