senate Bill S2655

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Provides that the ballots of deceased military personnel shall be counted toward the election for which they were cast

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 23 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.350
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2655A
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTION LAW
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.140
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTION LAW

Summary

Provides that the ballots of deceased military personnel shall be counted toward the election for which they were cast.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2655
S2655A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Add §234, Mil L; add §8-413, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2421
2009-2010: A8077
2007-2008: A9976

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BILL NUMBER:S2655

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the military law and the election law, in relation to the
counting of ballots of deceased military personnel

PURPOSE:
This bill would require that absentee or military ballots of any
active duty service member be counted even if such service member
dies before the date of the election for which it was cast.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Specifically, this bill would add a new section 234 of the military
law, and a new section 8-413 of the election law, to provide that any
member
of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Army Reserve,
Naval Reserve, Marine Reserve, Air Force Reserve, National Guard, New
York Army National Guard, New York Air National Guard, New York Guard
or Naval Militia, who casts an absentee or military ballot while on
active duty, shall have such ballot be counted, even in the event
that such service member dies before the date of the scheduled
election on which it was cast.

JUSTIFICATION:
Presently, pursuant to New York State Law, if any voter casts an
absentee or military ballot, and is killed before the date of the
election for which it was cast, such ballot is deemed invalid and is
not counted. This is due to the reasoning that such person, who is
voting by means of such ballot, would not be able to actually vote in
person at the polls, due to the fact that they would have predeceased
the election. Such rule seeks to prevent voter fraud that could
occurring from the casting of ballots of deceased voters.

Although this law is generally a good public policy, an exception to
this rule needs to be made for active duty service members. For any
active duty service member, who makes the ultimate sacrifice in
defense of our freedom, should not be denied in death, their final
act as a citizen of our great country. In such a case, there is no
incentive or propensity for fraud. To fail to do so, to deny that
right, to someone who has died in the service to both New York and
the United States, would be both unseemly and unconscionable. As a
result, a grateful
nation should do no less to honor the memory of that service member,
than to count their duly and properly cast vote. This bill would do
just that.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2008: S.6493 - Reported to Rules.

BUDGET IMPLICATIONS: None noted.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act would take effect immediately.


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

                                  2655

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the military law and the election law,  in  relation  to
  the counting of ballots of deceased military personnel

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

  Section 1. The military law is amended by adding a new section 234  to
read as follows:
  S  234. COUNTING OF BALLOTS OF DECEASED MILITARY PERSONNEL. ANY MEMBER
OF THE ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS, COAST GUARD,  ARMY  RESERVE,
NAVAL  RESERVE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE, AIR FORCE RESERVE, NATIONAL GUARD,
NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, NEW YORK  AIR  NATIONAL  GUARD,  NEW  YORK
GUARD  OR  NAVAL MILITIA, WHO CASTS AN ABSENTEE OR MILITARY BALLOT WHILE
ON ACTIVE DUTY, SHALL HAVE SUCH BALLOT BE COUNTED,  EVEN  IN  THE  EVENT
THAT  SUCH SERVICE MEMBER DIES BEFORE THE DATE OF THE SCHEDULED ELECTION
FOR WHICH IT WAS CAST.
  S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 8-413 to read
as follows:
  S 8-413. COUNTING OF  BALLOTS  OF  DECEASED  MILITARY  PERSONNEL.  ANY
MEMBER  OF  THE  ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES CORPS, COAST GUARD, ARMY
RESERVE,  NAVAL  RESERVE,  MARINE  CORPS  RESERVE,  AIR  FORCE  RESERVE,
NATIONAL  GUARD,  NEW  YORK  ARMY  NATIONAL GUARD, NEW YORK AIR NATIONAL
GUARD, NEW YORK GUARD OR NAVAL MILITIA, WHO CASTS AN ABSENTEE  OR  MILI-
TARY  BALLOT  WHILE  ON  ACTIVE DUTY, SHALL HAVE SUCH BALLOT BE COUNTED,
EVEN IN THE EVENT THAT SUCH SERVICE MEMBER DIES BEFORE THE DATE  OF  THE
SCHEDULED ELECTION FOR WHICH IT WAS CAST.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07146-01-3

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