senate Bill S756B

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

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BILL NUMBER:S756B

TITLE OF BILL:

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

PURPOSE:

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

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 7 of Section 3-400 of the Election Law is amended to
permit all boards of elections to authorize election inspectors to
work split shifts and prorate their compensation accordingly.

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently, election inspectors 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, 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:

2009-10: S.1097/A.1126 Referred to Elections
2007-08: 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.

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

                                 756--B

                       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 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee --  recommitted
  to the Committee on Elections in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, in  relation  to  permitting  election
  inspectors 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]  EVERY  board  of  elections may [employ] AUTHORIZE election
inspectors 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.
                                                           LBD02504-03-2

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