senate Bill S6296A
(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:
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
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
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
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.
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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