senate Bill S756

Amended

Permits boards of elections to engage election inspectors to split shifts, their compensation to be prorated accordingly

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 02 / May / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 02 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 756A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 25 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 25 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 756B

Summary

Permits boards of elections to allow election inspectors to work split shifts, their compensation shall be prorated accordingly.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S756
S756A
S756B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3-400, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S1097

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S756

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the election law, in relation to permitting election inspectors
and poll clerks to split shifts

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to permit boards of elections to allow
election inspectors and poll clerks to split shifts, and prorate
their compensation accordingly.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 3-400 of the Election Law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 7 permitting every board of elections to authorize
election inspectors and poll clerks to work split shifts and prorate
their compensation accordingly.

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently, election inspectors and poll clerks are not permitted to
split the work day into shifts. During most elections, polls are open
for an average of sixteen hours. Election workers are not only
required to work during polling hours, but there is additional time
required to prep and close down polling sites. Their job duties are
essential to protecting the integrity and validity of our democratic
process. It is difficult for many inspectors and clerks, especially
our senior volunteers, to commit to the long and taxing hours of an
election day. Additionally, it is becoming increasingly difficult
to recruit new inspectors, and with the implementation of new
computerized voting machines, recruitment and retention levels are
expected to drop further. Allowing election workers to divide their
shifts will increase the pool of candidates available to contribute
their time to the most critical element of democracy.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.1027/A.1126 Referred to Elections
2007-2008: S.366/A.11517 Referred to Rules
2006: S.7557 Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
One hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law, with
provisions.

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

                                   756

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  YOUNG, DeFRANCISCO, NOZZOLIO, RANZENHOFER -- 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 permitting election
  inspectors and poll clerks to split shifts

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  7  of  section 3-400 of the election law, as
added by chapter 5 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  [7. The] 8. EVERY board of elections may [employ]  AUTHORIZE  election
inspectors  AND  POLL  WATCHERS  to  work  [half-day]  SPLIT shifts with
[adjusted] PRORATED compensation, provided, however, that at  least  one
inspector from each of the two major political parties is present at the
poll  site  for  the  entire  time that the polls are open.  Each county
board of elections shall prescribe the necessary rules and procedures to
ensure proper poll site operation.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided that each  board  of  elections  is
authorized to promulgate any rules necessary to implement the provisions
of this act on or before such effective date.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02504-01-1

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