senate Bill S7466

Increases the number of registrants an election district may contain with the approval of the county board of elections

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  • 23 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 04 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1003
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Increases the number of registrants an election district may contain with the approval of the county board of elections.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10434
Versions:
S7466
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §4-100, El L

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BILL NUMBER:S7466

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the election law, in relation to increasing the number
of registrants an election district may contain with the approval of
the county board of elections

PURPOSE OF THE BILL:
This bill would raise the election district registrant enrollment from
a maximum of 1,150 registrants to 3,000.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would amend Election Law § 4-100(3)(a) revises
the definition of an "election district" to expand its maximum
registrants from eleven hundred fifty to three thousand.

Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Upon enactment this legislation would raise the limit of voters
allowed in every election district from 1,150 voters to 3,000. The
current election district registrant enrollment limits were prescribed
based on the fact that the old lever voter machines were not capable
of handling more than 1,000 votes per election; thus a strict limit of
1,150 voters per district was necessary. The new optical scanners will
read and hold up to approximately 4,000 ballots/voters per machine.
Therefore, this change in the law aims to serve as mandate relief to
municipalities by allowing them to consolidate districts and reduce
costs in many areas, including: hiring fewer election inspectors;
fewer ballots to order; and requiring less time testing ballots.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new proposal.

BUDGET IMPLICATIONS AND LOCAL IMPACT:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
The bill would take effect immediately.

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

                                  7466

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 23, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to increasing  the  number
  of  registrants  an election district may contain with the approval of
  the county board of elections

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

  Section  1.  Paragraph  a  of  subdivision  3  of section 4-100 of the
election law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is  amended
to read as follows:
  a.  Each  election  district  shall  be in compact form and may not be
partly within and partly without a ward, town, city, a village which has
five thousand or more inhabitants and is wholly within one  town,  or  a
county  legislative,  assembly,  senatorial  or  congressional district.
Except as provided in paragraph b of this subdivision, election district
boundaries, other than those boundaries which are coterminous  with  the
boundaries  of those political subdivisions mentioned in this paragraph,
must be streets, rivers, railroad lines or  other  permanent  character-
istics  of the landscape which are clearly visible to any person without
the need to use any technical or mechanical device. An election district
shall contain not more than nine hundred  fifty  registrants  (excluding
registrants  in  inactive  status)  or,  with the approval of the county
board of elections, not more than [eleven hundred fifty] THREE  THOUSAND
registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status), but any election
district may be divided for the convenience of the voters.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15965-01-2

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