senate Bill S1920

Enacts the "early voting act"

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Enacts the "early voting act"; provides to any person early voting for a candidate for public office in a general, primary or special election for any public or party office by paper ballot to take place no sooner than fourteen business days and up to and including the day prior to such election; provides that such voting shall take place at such person's county board of elections; requires availability and access to ballots for persons with disabilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1920
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 8 Title VI ยงยง8-600 & 8-602, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1556
2009-2010: S3250

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BILL NUMBER:S1920

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to enacting the "early voting
act"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow the public to vote at the county board of elections or at an
alternative location seven business days before a general, primary or
special election, in order to make it easier for citizens to vote and
to ensure an orderly and efficient voting process on election day.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Article 8 of the election law is amended to add a new title 6
requiring local boards of elections to make available to voters the
option of casting a paper ballot from seven days prior to a general,
primary or special election up to and including the day prior to the
election. The boards of elections are given twenty-four hours from
the close of the polls to count the early ballots.

JUSTIFICATION:
The stress put on state election systems by high voter turnout in
recent elections highlights the need to streamline the voting process
and avoid a major breakdown that could place an unfair burden on
voters and undermine the public's faith in the electoral process.
Early voting makes
participation easier for citizens who cannot make it to the polls on
Election Day because of work, family obligations or inclement
weather, but still provides the security of requiring voters to
personally appear at a designated location to cast their ballot.
Early voting also reduces delays on Election flay and decreases
pressure on local boards of election by spreading out voting over a
period of days. Thirty-two states currently allow early voting. These
states report few serious problems with early voting and those early
voting results in shorter lines on Election Day. Building an
electoral system that gives every citizen an opportunity to vote is
the best way to ensure fair representation.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.3250 - Passed Elections; Committed to Codes
20111-2012: S.1556 - Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None, insofar as under the existing absentee voting system boards of
elections already produce the paper ballots to be used for early
voting.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall become a law.

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

                                  1920

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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  enacting  the  "early
  voting act"

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

  Section 1. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be  cited  as
the "early voting act".
  S  2. Article 8 of the election law is amended by adding a new title 6
to read as follows:
                                TITLE VI
                              EARLY VOTING
SECTION 8-600. EARLY VOTING PROCEDURES.
        8-602. STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS; POWERS  AND  DUTIES  FOR  EARLY
                 VOTING.
  S 8-600. EARLY  VOTING PROCEDURES. 1. NO SOONER THAN FOURTEEN BUSINESS
DAYS AND UP TO AND INCLUDING THE DAY PRIOR TO ANY  GENERAL,  PRIMARY  OR
SPECIAL ELECTION FOR ANY PUBLIC OR PARTY OFFICE, PERSONS DULY REGISTERED
TO  VOTE  FOR  CANDIDATES FOR SUCH OFFICE MAY VOTE BY PAPER BALLOT FOR A
CANDIDATE FOR SUCH OFFICE, AND SUCH EARLY  VOTING  PRACTICE  SHALL  TAKE
PLACE  AT  SUCH  PERSON'S  COUNTY  BOARD OF ELECTIONS, OR AN ALTERNATIVE
LOCATION OR LOCATIONS AS OTHERWISE DESIGNATED BY AND  THROUGH  A  COUNTY
BOARD  OF ELECTIONS UNDER THE POWERS GRANTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION ON
OR BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
  2. SUCH VOTING PROCEDURE SHALL BE MONITORED AND  ADMINISTERED  BY  TWO
DULY  DESIGNATED  PERSONS, ONE FROM EACH MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY, AND SUCH
VOTING SHALL FOLLOW AND CONFORM TO ALL OTHER  PROCEDURES,  MEASURES  AND
REQUIREMENTS  OF CASTING A VOTE BY A VOTING MACHINE AS PRESCRIBED PURSU-
ANT TO THIS CHAPTER. ALL VOTES CAST WITHIN THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD SHALL
BE COUNTED WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF THE POLLS CLOSING ON ELECTION DAY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04495-01-3

S. 1920                             2

AND IN THE SAME MANNER AS PRESCRIBED IN ARTICLE NINE  OF  THIS  CHAPTER.
THE  RESULTS  OR  TABULATION OF VOTES CAST DURING AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD
SHALL NOT BE MADE BEFORE THE CLOSE OF ALL POLLING PLACES ON ELECTION DAY
AND RESULTS SHALL BE REPORTED BY PRECINCT.  BALLOTS USED IN EARLY VOTING
SHALL  BE,  AS  NEARLY  AS  PRACTICABLE,  THE SAME FORM AS THOSE USED ON
ELECTION DAY.  BALLOTS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE  AND  ACCESSIBLE  TO  ANY
PERSON  WITH  DISABILITIES WHO WANT TO EXERCISE HIS OR HER RIGHT TO VOTE
EARLY.
  S 8-602. STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS; POWERS AND DUTIES FOR EARLY VOTING.
ANY  RULE  OR  REGULATION  NECESSARY  FOR  THE  IMPLEMENTATION  OF   THE
PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  TITLE  SHALL  BE PROMULGATED BY THE STATE BOARD OF
ELECTIONS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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