senate Bill S1991

Provides that the board of elections shall accept voter registrations electronically through its website

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Provides that the board of elections shall accept voter registrations electronically through its website.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A149
Versions:
S1991
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §5-209, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S5237, A8632
2009-2010: A4799, A4799

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BILL NUMBER:S1991

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to authorizing electronic voter
registration

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Provides that the Board of Elections shall accept voter registrations
electronically through its website in order to improve poll book
accuracy and remove the voter registration backlogs that appeared
prior to the 2008 General Election.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds § 5-209 to the Election Law and requires the State Board
of Elections to implement online voter registration using similar
provision to the voter registration card. Registrants who provide a
DMV client identification number would have their signature
transferred from the DMV. Registrants providing only a social
security number would need to show identification when voting for the
first since they would be unable to meet New York State's signature
requirements.

JUSTIFICATION:
In the first two weeks of October in 2008 the New York City Board of
Elections was crushed under nearly 204,000 voter registration forms
which it had significantly difficulty processing. This brought the
2006 total for voter registrations received by the New York City
Board of Election to nearly 715,000, as compared with 253,000 in all
of 2007. Local Boards of Elections throughout the State reported
similar unprecedented volume.

Local Boards of Elections struggled to get thousands of voter
registration records entered in time for the General Election.
However, many voters still reported that their names were not in poll
books. Many of these voters fell victim to data entry errors, where a
simple misspelling in an often ethnic name, made it nearly impossible
to locate their name in the poll book and vote on a machine.

This legislation would use online voter registration to improve poll
book accuracy and cure recent backlogs at local Boards of Election
across the State

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12 - S.5237 - Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Projected cost savings in data entry costs for local Boards of
Elections.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately on the 180th day after becoming
a law.

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

                                  1991

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 authorizing  electronic
  voter registration

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

  Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new  section  5-209
to read as follows:
  S  5-209.  ELECTRONIC  VOTER REGISTRATION. 1. IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER
METHODS OF VOTER REGISTRATION PROVIDED FOR IN THIS ARTICLE,  ANY  QUALI-
FIED  PERSON  MAY  APPLY  FOR REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION
MADE ELECTRONICALLY THROUGH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS WEBSITE.
  2. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL DESIGN A WEBPAGE THAT SERVES  AS
AN  ELECTRONIC  APPLICATION  FOR  REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT FORM, OR A
REGISTRATION FORM NECESSITATED BY A CHANGE OF RESIDENCE.
  3. THE VOTER REGISTRATION WEBPAGE:
  (A) SHALL REQUIRE ONLY SUCH INFORMATION AS WILL ENABLE ELECTION  OFFI-
CIALS TO ASSESS THE APPLICANT'S ELIGIBILITY TO REGISTER TO VOTE, PREVENT
DUPLICATE  REGISTRATION  AND  TO ADMINISTER VOTER REGISTRATION AND OTHER
PARTS OF THE ELECTION PROCESS.
  (B) SHALL INCLUDE A STATEMENT  OF  THE  ELIGIBILITY  REQUIREMENTS  FOR
VOTER  REGISTRATION  AND SHALL REQUIRE THE APPLICANT TO ATTEST BY HIS OR
HER SIGNATURE THAT HE OR SHE MEETS THOSE REQUIREMENTS UNDER  PENALTY  OF
PERJURY.
  (C) SHALL INFORM THE APPLICANT, IN PRINT IDENTICAL TO THAT USED IN THE
ATTESTATION SECTION OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (I) VOTER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS; AND
  (II) PENALTIES FOR SUBMISSION OF FALSE REGISTRATION APPLICATION.
  (D)  SHALL REQUIRE THE APPLICANT TO SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOW-
ING WITH HIS OR HER APPLICATION:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03456-01-3

S. 1991                             2

  (I) HIS OR HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER; OR
  (II)  HIS  OR  HER  VALID  NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
CLIENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.
  4. INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE SHALL BE:
  (A) THE STATEMENT, "IF YOU BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE  HAS  INTERFERED  WITH
YOUR  RIGHT  TO  REGISTER  OR DECLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE, YOUR RIGHT TO
PRIVACY IN DECIDING WHETHER TO REGISTER OR IN APPLYING  TO  REGISTER  TO
VOTE,  OR  YOUR  RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN POLITICAL PARTY OR OTHER POLI-
TICAL PREFERENCE, YOU MAY FILE A  COMPLAINT  WITH  THE  STATE  BOARD  OF
ELECTIONS (ADDRESS AND TOLL FREE TELEPHONE NUMBER)."
  (B)  A  TOLL  FREE  NUMBER AT THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS THAT CAN BE
CALLED FOR ANSWERS TO REGISTRATION QUESTIONS.
  5. WHENEVER AN APPLICANT SUPPLIES THE BOARD WITH HIS OR HER VALID  NEW
YORK  STATE  DEPARTMENT  OF MOTOR VEHICLES CLIENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER,
SUCH APPLICANT'S IDENTIFICATION SHALL  BE  DEEMED  VERIFIED.  THE  BOARD
SHALL  IMPORT  THE  APPLICANT'S  SIGNATURE  FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR
VEHICLES TO BE USED FOR VERIFICATION PURPOSES AT THE TIME OF  CASTING  A
BALLOT.
  6.  ELECTRONIC  REGISTRATIONS  MADE  NOT  LATER THAN THE TWENTIETH DAY
BEFORE AN ELECTION SHALL ENTITLE THE APPLICANT TO VOTE IN SUCH  ELECTION
PROVIDED THE BOARD DETERMINES THAT THE APPLICANT IS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED.
  7.  ELECTRONIC  APPLICATION FORMS SHALL   BE PROCESSED BY THE BOARD OF
ELECTIONS IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY SECTION 5-210 OF THIS TITLE OR, IF
THE APPLICANT IS ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE FROM ANOTHER ADDRESS IN SUCH
COUNTY OR CITY, IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY SECTION 5-208 OF THIS TITLE.
THE BOARD SHALL SEND THE APPROPRIATE NOTICE OF APPROVAL OR REJECTION  AS
REQUIRED BY EITHER SUBDIVISION NINE OF SUCH SECTION 5-210 OR SUBDIVISION
FIVE OF SUCH SECTION 5-208.
  8.  THE  STATE  BOARD SHALL ADOPT SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS MAY BE
NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE REQUIREMENTS OF  THIS  SECTION.    THE  BOARD
SHALL  ALSO  ADOPT  SUCH  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO
REQUIRE COUNTY BOARDS TO PROVIDE THE STATE BOARD WITH  SUCH  INFORMATION
AND  DATA  AS  THE  BOARD DEEMS NECESSARY TO ASSESS COMPLIANCE WITH THIS
SECTION AND TO COMPILE SUCH STATISTICS AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE FEDERAL
ELECTIONS COMMISSION.
  9. THE STATE BOARD SHALL DEVELOP AND DISTRIBUTE PUBLIC INFORMATION AND
PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS RELATING TO THE  PURPOSES  AND  IMPLEMENTATION  OF
THIS PROGRAM.
  10.  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF MOTOR VEHICLES SHALL COOPERATE WITH THE STATE
BOARD OF ELECTIONS IN IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the amendment,  addi-
tion,  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely
implementation of this act on its effective date is hereby authorized to
be made on or before such effective date.

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