senate Bill S4269A

Authorizes the board of elections to provide special ballots to board of election employees anytime up to the close of polls on election day

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  • 18 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4269A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Authorizes the board of elections to provide special ballots to board of election employees anytime up to the close of polls on election day.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3750A
Versions:
S4269
S4269A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §11-302, El L

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BILL NUMBER:S4269A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the
provision of special ballots for board of election employees

PURPOSE:

To Board of Elections Employees to submit special ballots at any time
after such ballots are printed instead of the current law which
requires that they be submitted no earlier than two weeks before the
election.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the election law to allow board of election employees
or a person who has been appointed to serve as an inspector if
elections, poll clerk, or election coordinator at a polling place
other than the one at which she is registered to vote to submit a
special ballot any time after such ballot is printed but not later
than the close of polls on election day.

Section 2 establishes an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In November of 2012 the special ballots of fifty-three Ulster County
Board of Elections employees were nearly disenfranchised when it was
discovered that they were submitted prior to the two week window the
law requires. Fortunately, it was decided judicially that these
ballots would be opened and counted, putting the interests of the
voters above that of a hyper-technical law. This law would amend that
hyper-technical law to allow special ballots to be submitted any time
after such a ballot is printed, and prevent future need for judicial
ruling on such issues.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                 4269--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. TKACZYK, STEWART-COUSINS, ADDABBO, AVELLA, BRESLIN,
  CARLUCCI, DILAN, ESPAILLAT, GIPSON, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN,  KRUEG-
  ER,  LATIMER,  MONTGOMERY,  O'BRIEN, PARKER, RIVERA, SAMPSON, SANDERS,
  SERRANO, SQUADRON, STAVISKY -- read twice  and  ordered  printed,  and
  when  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections -- commit-
  tee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and  recom-
  mitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  election  law,  in relation to the provision of
  special ballots for board of election employees

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

  Section  1.  Section 11-302 of the election law, as amended by chapter
163 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  S 11-302. Special ballots for board of election  employees.  A  person
who  is  an employee of the board of elections or who has been appointed
to serve as an inspector of elections, poll clerk or election  coordina-
tor  at  a polling place other than the one at which he or she is regis-
tered to vote, may deliver to the inspectors of election of the election
district in which he or she is registered, or to the board of elections,
at any time during the period in which an application  for  an  absentee
ballot may be so delivered pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, a
written statement that he or she will be unable to appear at the polling
place  for  such election district on the day of an election because his
or her duties as an employee of such board  or  as  an  inspector,  poll
clerk  or  election  coordinator require him or her to be elsewhere. The
board of elections shall provide such voter a special ballot [not earli-
er than two weeks before the election and not later than] ANY TIME PRIOR
TO the close of the polls on election day,  PROVIDED  HOWEVER  THAT  THE
DISTRIBUTION  OF  SUCH  BALLOTS  TO SUCH VOTERS SHALL BE TIMED TO AFFORD
SUCH VOTERS SUFFICIENT TIME TO CAST SUCH BALLOTS PRIOR TO THE  CLOSE  OF
THE  POLLS  ON  ELECTION DAY.   Such cast ballots may be delivered to an

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08692-02-3

S. 4269--A                          2

office of such board of elections or to  any  board  of  inspectors  not
later than the close of the polls on election day. Such ballots shall be
retained  at  the  board of elections and cast and canvassed pursuant to
the provisions of section 9-209 of this chapter.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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