senate Bill S6296
(R) 7th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
Extends certain provisions of law relating to the use of certain voting machines.
TITLE OF BILL:
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
To allow for the use of lever voting machines for school
districts, villages and special districts in their respective local
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
Section 5 sets the enacting date.
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
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.
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.
None to the State. Significant cost savings to
local school districts, villages and special districts.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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