senate Bill S3373

Amended

Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state

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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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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3373A
  • 23 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 23 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3373B

Summary

Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3373
S3373A
S3373B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง8-500, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2348
2009-2010: S2866A
2007-2008: S2523

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BILL NUMBER:S3373

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to watch-
ers

PURPOSE: The bill authorizes attorneys to be poll watchers anywhere in
New York if they are state residents and licensed to practice law in the
state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends Election Law section 8-500(4) to allow attorneys who
are state residents and licensed to practice law in the state to require
be watchers anywhere in the State.

Section 2: Provides for the Act to take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Under current law, a poll watcher must be registered to
vote in the county in which he is to serve.

JUSTIFICATION: Attorneys licensed to practice law in New York are not
restricted in their practices to any locality or court. They may prac-
tice before any court in the state, as well as before the boards of
elections everywhere in the state. They are also trained as observers
and to accurately report their observations. There should be no
restriction on their ability to be in a polling place on election day,
where their skills can be invaluable in both detecting improper conduct,
such as voter intimidation and suppression, and electioneering, and in
obtaining a quick resolution of such unlawful conduct by reporting it to
the appropriate authorities, including election day judges. For example,
in 2006 lawyers serving as poll watchers enabled Senator Andrea
Steward-Cousins to win election by acting to stop disruptions and voter
suppression and intimidation actions in the polls in Yonkers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.2348 Referred to Elections Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  3373

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 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 watchers

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  4  of  section 8-500 of the election law, as
amended by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  4. Each watcher must be a qualified voter of the  city  or  county  in
which  he  OR  SHE  is  to serve, OR AN ATTORNEY WHO IS A NEW YORK STATE
RESIDENT AND IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW THEREIN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08293-01-3

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