senate Bill S6296

Signed by Governor Amended

Extends permanent certain provisions of law relating to the use of certain voting machines

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 23 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Feb / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.192
  • 13 / Feb / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 14 / Feb / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6296A
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • REPASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ELECTION LAW
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9178A
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.516
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 21 / Sep / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 03 / Oct / 2012
    • SIGNED CHAP.482

Summary

Extends certain provisions of law relating to the use of certain voting machines.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6296
S6296A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Education
Laws Affected:
Amd §8, Chap 359 of 2010; amd §2, Chap 3 of 2011; amd §7, rpld §§3 & 6, Chap 170 of 2011
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A9178A

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BILL NUMBER:S6296

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend chapter 359 of the laws of 2010 amending the education law
relating to use of lever voting machines; to amend chapter 3 of the laws
of 2011 amending the election law relating to the number and use of
voting machines in village elections; and to amend chapter 170 of the
laws of 2011 amending the town law relating to the types of voting
machines used in certain elections, in relation to making the provisions
of such chapters permanent;
and to repeal sections 3 and 6 of chapter 170 of the laws of 2011
relating thereto

PURPOSE:
To allow for the use of lever voting machines for school
districts, villages and special districts in their respective local
elections permanently.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 repeals the sunset date of Chapter 359 of the laws of 2010,
allowing school districts the ability for continued use of lever
voting machines in their local elections.

Section 2 repeals the sunset date of Chapter 3 of the laws of 2011,
allowing villages the ability for continued use of lever voting
machines in their local elections.

Section 3 repeals the sunset date of Chapter 170 of the laws of 2011,
allowing fire districts and special improvement districts the ability
for continued use of lever voting machines in their local elections.

Section 4 repeals inconsistent language of Chapter 170 of the laws of
2011.

Section 5 sets the enacting date.

JUSTIFICATION:
There has been an overwhelming preference expressed on
behalf of school districts, villages and special districts to
continue to use lever-style voting machines in local elections. The
available alternatives to the U$e of these machines is prohibitive in
both cost and practicality. Paper ballots are difficult and time
consuming to hand count and optical scan machines are not readily
accessible and include the added expenses of programming and printing
of ballots.

Chapter 359 of the laws of 2010 and Chapters 3 and 170 of the laws of
2011 offered a solution to authorize the use of lever-style voting
machines as a cost-effective means to continue operating local
elections at reasonable rates. This legislation does not impose any

obligation on the boards of elections to maintain care, custody or
control of lever voting machines or to provide entities with such
voting machines for their elections. This bill will allow for the
continuing authorization to use lever for local elections if such
machines are available.

This legislation would provide significant relief to local school
districts, villages and special districts from the Help America Vote
Act (HAVA) mandate that was intended to apply only to Federal
Elections that have higher voter turnout and less annual costs to
administer elections using optical scan voting machines.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
The provisions of this bill were previously
chaptered in Chapter 359 of the laws of 2010, Chapter 3 of the laws
of 2011 and Chapter 170 of the laws of 2011.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the State. Significant cost savings to
local school districts, villages and special districts.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  6296

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. MARTINS, JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend chapter 359 of the laws of 2010 amending  the  education
  law  relating  to  use of lever voting machines; to amend chapter 3 of
  the laws of 2011 amending the election law relating to the number  and
  use  of voting machines in village elections; and to amend chapter 170
  of the laws of 2011 amending the town law relating  to  the  types  of
  voting  machines  used in certain elections, in relation to making the
  provisions of such chapters permanent; and to repeal sections 3 and  6
  of chapter 170 of the laws of 2011 relating thereto

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

  Section 1. Section 8 of chapter 359 of the laws of 2010  amending  the
education  law  relating  to  use of lever voting machines is amended to
read as follows:
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately [and shall expire  and  be
deemed repealed December 31, 2012].
  S  2. Section 2 of chapter 3 of the laws of 2011 amending the election
law relating to the  number  and  use  of  voting  machines  in  village
elections is amended to read as follows:
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately [and shall expire and be
deemed repealed December 31, 2012].
  S 3. Section 7 of chapter 170 of the laws of 2011  amending  the  town
law  relating  to the types of voting machines used in certain elections
is amended to read as follows:
  S 7. This act shall take effect immediately [provided,  however,  that
sections  one, two, four and five of this act shall expire and be deemed
repealed December 31, 2012,  when  upon  such  date  the  provisions  of
sections three and six of this act shall take effect].
  S  4. Sections 3 and 6 of chapter 170 of the laws of 2011 amending the
town law relating to the  types  of  voting  machines  used  in  certain
elections are REPEALED.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14120-01-2

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