senate Bill S4478

Relates to annual reports of the boards of elections

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  • 03 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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Summary

Relates to annual reports of the boards of elections; requires such reports be made available on the boards' websites; requires that the reports include specific performance metrics.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4600
Versions:
S4478
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3-212, El L

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BILL NUMBER:S4478

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
annual reports of the boards of elections

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To improve public access to information about the Board of Elections
through the annual report.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 4 of § 3-212 of the Election Law to
require that the Board of Elections publish each year's annual report
and that the report contain performance metrics for the preceding
calendar year, including:

*The number of elections administered, including the offices and any
referenda included in the election

*The number of ballots delivered to each poll site, cast by scanning
at each poll site scanner and counted at each country Board of
Elections office.

*The number of election inspectors and poll clerks employed for each
election, the number of unfilled election inspector or poll clerk
positions for each election and the number of poll sites with absent
election inspectors or poll clerks for each election.

*The number of poll workers who attended trainings, the number of
trainings offered per election and the number of trainers hired.

*The number of interpreters employed per language per election and the
poll sites at which they were deployed.

*The total number of polling places per election.

*The total number of scanners deployed per election, the total number
of scanners which required repair on each election day, the total
number of scanners requiring replacement on each election day, the
total number of staff from the voting equipment vendor employed per
election and a breakdown of costs incurred for repair and replacement
per election.

*The number of poll site accessibility waivers requested and obtained
per election, the number of ballot marking devices deployed
per-election and the number of ballots created by ballot marking
device per election.

*The number of candidate petitions processed per election, the number
of petition hearings conducted for each election and the number of
hearing appeals filed per election.

*The total number of voter registration applications sorted by party
and, in New York City, borough, the number of voter registration
applications processed by the DMV and by CUNY.


*The number of unique visitors and total hits to the Board of
Elections websites and to any online poll locator on a monthly and
annual basis.

*The number of complaints received regarding poll worker conduct per
election, the number of investigations into complaints performed, the
average length of investigation into complaints, the number of
complaints resolved and the resulting actions taken.

Section 2 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Boards of Elections in New York are responsible for reporting to
voters on their performance. However, the reports they produce fail to
provide a clear accounting of the previous year's elections and are
often unavailable to the public. By requiring public access to an
annual report that includes very specific performance metrics, we can
ensure accountability at the Boards of Elections.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill would take effect immediately.

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

                                  4478

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 3, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. TKACZYK -- 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 annual reports  of  the
  boards of elections

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4  of  section  3-212  of  the
election  law,  as amended by chapter 90 of the laws of 1991, is amended
and a new paragraph (c) is added to read as follows:
  (a) Each board of elections shall make an annual report of its affairs
and proceedings to its local legislative body once every  twelve  months
and  no  later  than the last day of January in any year. A copy of said
annual report shall be filed with the state board of elections AND SHALL
BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE WEBSITE MAINTAINED BY  ANY  BOARD
OF ELECTIONS, INCLUDING THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, NO LATER THAN FIVE
DAYS AFTER SAID REPORT IS DELIVERED TO THE STATE BOARD.
  (C)  SAID ANNUAL REPORT, AS REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVI-
SION, SHALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING PERFORMANCE METRICS FOR THE  PRECEDING
CALENDAR YEAR:
  (1)  THE  NUMBER  OF  ELECTIONS ADMINISTERED IN THE PRECEDING CALENDAR
YEAR, INCLUDING ALL PRIMARY, GENERAL AND SPECIAL  ELECTIONS,  LISTED  BY
DATE WITH THE OFFICES INCLUDED IN EACH ELECTION AND ANY REFERENDUM QUES-
TIONS;
  (2)  THE  NUMBER OF BALLOTS DELIVERED TO EACH POLL SITE, THE NUMBER OF
BALLOTS CAST BY SCANNING AT EACH POLL SITE SCANNER, AND  THE  NUMBER  OF
BALLOTS  COUNTED  AT  EACH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE, INCLUDING A
SEPARATE LISTING FOR THE NUMBER OF  EMERGENCY,  ABSENTEE,  MILITARY  AND
OVERSEAS BALLOTS COUNTED AT EACH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE;
  (3)  THE  NUMBER  OF  ELECTION INSPECTORS AND POLL CLERKS EMPLOYED FOR
EACH ELECTION, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF UNFILLED ELECTION INSPECTOR  OR  POLL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07751-01-3

S. 4478                             2

CLERK  POSITIONS  FOR  EACH  ELECTION  AND THE NUMBER OF POLL SITES WITH
ABSENT ELECTION INSPECTORS OR POLL CLERKS FOR EACH ELECTION;
  (4)  THE  NUMBER  OF  POLL  WORKERS  WHO ATTENDED TRAININGS, THE TOTAL
NUMBER OF TRAINING SESSIONS OFFERED PER  ELECTION,  AND  THE  NUMBER  OF
ADJUNCT TRAINERS HIRED PER ELECTION;
  (5)  THE NUMBER OF INTERPRETERS EMPLOYED PER LANGUAGE PER ELECTION AND
THE LOCATION OF POLLING PLACES WHERE INTERPRETERS WERE DEPLOYED;
  (6) THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POLLING PLACES PER ELECTION, THE TOTAL  NUMBER
OF  SCANNERS  DEPLOYED  FOR  EACH ELECTION, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SCANNERS
WHICH REQUIRED REPAIR ON EACH ELECTION DAY, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SCANNERS
REQUIRING REPLACEMENT ON EACH ELECTION DAY, THE TOTAL  NUMBER  OF  STAFF
FROM  THE  VOTING  EQUIPMENT  VENDOR EMPLOYED ON EACH ELECTION DAY AND A
BREAKDOWN OF COSTS INCURRED FOR REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT ON EACH  ELECTION
DAY;
  (7)  THE  NUMBER  OF POLL SITE ACCESSIBILITY WAIVERS REQUESTED AND THE
NUMBER OF POLL SITE ACCESSIBILITY WAIVERS OBTAINED  FOR  EACH  ELECTION,
THE  NUMBER OF BALLOT MARKING DEVICES DEPLOYED FOR EACH ELECTION AND THE
NUMBER OF BALLOTS CREATED BY BALLOT MARKING DEVICES FOR EACH ELECTION;
  (8) THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATE PETITIONS PROCESSED FOR EACH ELECTION, THE
NUMBER OF PETITION HEARINGS CONDUCTED FOR EACH ELECTION AND  THE  NUMBER
OF HEARING APPEALS FILED FOR EACH ELECTION;
  (9)  THE  TOTAL  NUMBER  OF  VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS SORTED BY
PARTY AND, FOR THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS  OF  THE  CITY  OF  NEW  YORK,  BY
BOROUGH,  INDICATING THE NUMBER OF VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS PROC-
ESSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND, FOR BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF
THE CITY OF NEW YORK, BY AGENCIES UTILIZING CODE "9" REGISTRATION  FORMS
AND  BY  THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK UTILIZING CODE "D" REGISTRATION
FORMS;
  (10) METRICS INDICATING WEBSITE USAGE, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF  UNIQUE
VISITORS  AND  TOTAL  HITS  TO  THE  WEBSITE MAINTAINED BY EACH BOARD OF
ELECTIONS AND TO ANY ON-LINE POLL LOCATION LOCATOR ON A  PER  MONTH  AND
ANNUAL BASIS; AND
  (11)  THE  NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED REGARDING POLL WORKER CONDUCT
PER ELECTION, THE NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS  INTO  COMPLAINTS  PERFORMED,
THE  AVERAGE  LENGTH  OF  INVESTIGATION  INTO  COMPLAINTS, THE NUMBER OF
COMPLAINTS RESOLVED AND THE RESULTING ACTIONS TAKEN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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