senate Bill S46

Requires the board of elections to provide a registered voter with a sample ballot via mail

download pdf

Sponsor

Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
view actions

actions

  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Requires the board of elections to provide a registered voter with a sample ballot not less than ten days nor more than twenty days before an election via mail.

do you support this bill?

Bill Details

Versions:
S46
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง4-117 & 7-118, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S668
2009-2010: S4083

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S46

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to requiring the board of
elections to provide a registered voter with a sample ballot prior to an
election

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this legislation is to give voters the opportunity to
view the actual ballot prior to going to their designated polling site.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends Section 4-117 of the election law by
adding a new subdivision 1-A to require the board of elections mail a
sample ballot not less than 10 days nor more than 20 days before
election day to every registered voter with active status. This
legislation allows for the Board of Elections to mail a single ballot
to a household containing more than one registered voter.

EXISTING LAW:
Current law does not require that an actual sample ballot be mailed to
registered voters.

JUSTIFICATION:
The importance of voting simply cannot be understated. As an essential
piece of our representative government, voting is a fundamental right
and is one of the most direct ways for individuals to influence
government decision-making. An individual's vote is critical to each
and every election, as many elections come down to each single vote
being counted.

As a Legislative Body representing all New Yorkers, we need to provide
every potential voter with the necessary information he or she might
need to cast their vote on election day. Quite often, depending on
the election year, ballots can be confusing to voters. By requiring a
sample ballot to be mailed prior to an election, we would be
providing critical information to help assist voters in researching
and choosing a candidate, as well as helping to reduce confusion for
voters once they step inside the booth.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.668
2008 - Referred to Elections
2009 - Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                   46

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. PERALTA -- 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 requiring the board  of
  elections  to provide a registered voter with a sample ballot prior to
  an election

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

  Section  1.  Section  4-117 of the election law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A. THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, NOT LESS THAN  TEN  DAYS  NOR  MORE  THAN
TWENTY  DAYS  BEFORE THE DAY OF THE GENERAL ELECTION IN EACH YEAR, SHALL
SEND BY FIRST CLASS  MAIL  ON  WHICH  IS  ENDORSED  "ADDRESS  CORRECTION
REQUESTED"  AND WHICH CONTAINS A REQUEST THAT ANY SUCH MAIL RECEIVED FOR
PERSONS NOT RESIDING AT THE ADDRESS BE  DROPPED  BACK  IN  THE  MAIL,  A
SAMPLE BALLOT, AS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SECTION 7-118 OF THIS CHAPTER, IN
A  FORM  APPROVED  BY  THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, TO EVERY REGISTERED
VOTER WHO HAS BEEN REGISTERED WITHOUT A  CHANGE  OF  ADDRESS  SINCE  THE
BEGINNING  OF SUCH YEAR. THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO
SEND SUCH SAMPLE BALLOT TO VOTERS IN INACTIVE STATUS.  IN LIEU OF  SEND-
ING  SUCH  COMMUNICATION  WITH  SUCH  SAMPLE  BALLOT TO EVERY REGISTERED
VOTER, THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS MAY  SEND  A  SINGLE  COMMUNICATION  TO  A
HOUSEHOLD  CONTAINING  MORE THAN ONE REGISTERED VOTER, PROVIDED THAT THE
NAMES OF ALL SUCH VOTERS APPEAR AS PART OF THE ADDRESS ON SUCH  COMMUNI-
CATION.
  S  2.  Section 7-118 of the election law, as amended by chapter 157 of
the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  S 7-118. Ballots; facsimile and sample. The board of  elections  shall
provide facsimile and sample ballots which shall be arranged in the form
of  a  diagram  showing  such  part of the face of the voting machine as
shall be in use at that election.  Such  facsimile  and  sample  ballots

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01225-01-3

S. 46                               2

shall  be  either  in  full  or  reduced size and shall contain suitable
illustrated directions for voting on the voting machine.  Such facsimile
ballots shall be mounted and displayed for  public  inspection  at  each
polling  place during election day. Sample ballots [may] SHALL be mailed
by the board of elections to each eligible voter [at least  three  days]
NOT  LESS  THAN TEN DAYS NOR MORE THAN TWENTY DAYS before the election[,
or in lieu thereof, a copy of such sample ballot  may  be  published  at
least  once within one week preceding the election in newspapers repres-
enting the major political parties]. One copy of such facsimile shall be
sent to each school in the  county,  providing  the  ninth  through  the
twelfth  years  of  compulsory education, and in the city of New York to
each such school in the city of New York, at least one week before  each
general  election  for posting at a convenient place in such school. The
board of elections shall also send  a  facsimile  ballot  to  any  other
school requesting such a ballot.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.