senate Bill S3820

Requires the board of elections to provide email notifications to voters whenever they change the location of a polling place

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  • 21 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Requires the board of elections to provide email notifications to voters whenever they change the location of a polling place.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3820
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง4-104 & 5-210, El L

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BILL NUMBER:S3820

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to email
notification of a change in location of a polling place

PURPOSE; To require the board of elections to notify voters by email
whenever a polling place location is to be changed or moved providing
the voter has supplied the board with a valid email address.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one requires additional notification by email of a change in
location of a polling place.

Section 2 requires voters to who have provided the board with a valid
email address.

Section 3 compels the board to provide a space for the applicant to
provide a valid email address to which official correspondence from
the state board of elections may be sent.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, whenever the boards of election change a
polling place, they are required to send a written notification at
least five days prior to each registered voter notifying him or her of
the change in location of the polling place. Today, individuals are
more reliant on electronic mail as their primary method of
correspondence. Providing an email notification option to voters will
enable the boards provide this important information in a more
effective, efficient and timely fashion.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATION: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the ninetieth day it shall
have become law.

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

                                  3820

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 21, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- 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 email notification of a
  change in location of a polling place

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  2  of  section  4-104 of the election law is
amended to read as follows:
  2. If the board of elections, after designating a polling  place,  and
after  sending  written  notice of such polling place to each registered
voter, designates an alternative polling place, it must, at  least  five
days  before the next election or day for registration, send by mail AND
EMAIL a written notice to each registered voter notifying him OR HER  of
the changed location of such polling place. If such notice is not possi-
ble  the  board  of  elections  must  provide for an alternative form of
notice to be given to voters at the location  of  the  previous  polling
place.
  S  2.  Paragraph (a) of subdivision 5 of section 4-104 of the election
law, as amended by chapter 95 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as
follows:
  (a) Whenever the number of voters eligible to vote in an  election  in
any election district is less than one hundred, the polling place desig-
nated  for  such district may be the polling place of any other district
which could properly be designated as the polling  place  of  the  first
mentioned  district  pursuant  to the provisions of this chapter, except
that the polling place designated for any such district may be the poll-
ing place of any other district in such city or town provided  that  the
distance  from  such  first  mentioned district to the polling place for
such other district is not unreasonable pursuant to rules or regulations
prescribed by the state board of elections and provided that  the  total
number  of  persons  eligible  to  vote  in  such other district in such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07126-01-3

S. 3820                             2

election, including the persons eligible to vote in such first mentioned
districts, is not more than five hundred. The inspectors of election and
poll clerks, if any, of such other election district shall also  act  in
all respects as the election officers for such first mentioned districts
and no other inspectors shall be appointed to serve in or for such first
mentioned districts. A separate poll ledger or computer generated regis-
tration list, separate voting machine or ballots and separate canvass of
results  shall  be  provided  for such first mentioned districts, except
that if the candidates and ballot proposals to be voted on by the voters
of such districts are the same, the election districts shall be combined
and shall constitute a single election district for  that  election.  If
the  polling  place for any election district is moved for any election,
pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision, the board  of  elections
shall,  not  later  than  ten  nor  more  than  fifteen days before such
election, mail, by first class mail, to each voter eligible to  vote  in
such  election  district  at  such  election, a notice setting forth the
location of the polling place for such election and specifying that such
location is for such election only, AND EMAIL THE SAME  NOTIFICATION  TO
ANY VOTER THAT HAS SUPPLIED THE BOARD WITH A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS.
  S  3.  Paragraph (k) of subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of the election
law is amended by adding a new subparagraph (xiii) to read as follows:
  (XIII) A SPACE FOR THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO  WHICH
OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS MAY BE SENT.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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