senate Bill S6296A

Signed by Governor

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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9178A
Versions:
S6296
S6296A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Elections
Laws Affected:
Amd §8, Chap 359 of 2010; amd §2, Chap 3 of 2011; amd §7, Chap 170 of 2011
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A9178A

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BILL NUMBER:S6296A

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 extending the
provisions of such chapters

PURPOSE:
To allow for the use of lever voting machines for school districts,
villages and special districts in their respective local elections for
an additional two years

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends 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 until December 31, 2014.

Section 2 amends 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 until December 31, 2014.

Section 3 amends 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
until December 31, 2014.

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
use 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 voting machines for local elections if such machines are
available until December 31, 2014.

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--A
    Cal. No. 192

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MARTINS,  AVELLA, CARLUCCI, JOHNSON, OPPENHEIMER,
  STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
  be committed to the Committee on Education -- reported favorably  from
  said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third
  reading,  passed  by  Senate  and delivered to the Assembly, recalled,
  vote reconsidered, restored to  third  reading,  amended  and  ordered
  reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

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  extending
  the provisions of such chapters

  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] 2014.
  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] 2014.
  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] 2014, when upon such date the provisions of
sections three and six of this act shall take effect.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14120-05-2

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