senate Bill S3373B

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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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6776B
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, S2348
2009-2010: S2866A, S2866A
2007-2008: S2523, S2523

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BILL NUMBER:S3373B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
watchers

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
practice 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--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. ADDABBO, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on
  Elections  --  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 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

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.
                                                           LBD08293-05-4

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