senate Bill S4758

Amends the constitution to allow person who will be 18 years old at the the time of a presidential election to vote in primary election if 17 at the time

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 13 / Jan / 2014
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

Summary

Amends the constitution to allow a person who will be 18 years old at the the time of a presidential election to vote in the presidential primary election if he or she is 17 years of age at the time of the presidential primary election.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A523
Versions:
S4758
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 2 ยง1, Constn
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S6123, A4464
2009-2010: S4226, A5110
2007-2008: A10084

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BILL NUMBER:S4758

TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 2 of the constitution,
in relation to qualifications of voters

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This would amend the constitution to
allow a person who will be 18 years old at the time of a presidential
election to vote in the primary election if 17 at the time.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of article 2 of the constitution is amended to provide that
every citizen who is seventeen years of age at the time of a primary
election for president of the United States and who will be eighteen
years of age at the time of the general election for which such
primary election is held shall be eligible to vote in such primary
election.

JUSTIFICATION: Allowing 17-year-olds who would be 18 by the time of a
general election the opportunity to vote in a primary would be a
positive step as it would allow those individuals who are eligible to
vote in November the opportunity to vote for a candidate in the
primary, thereby encouraging them to participate in the process.
Voting is a basic obligation of being a United States citizen; it only
makes sense to get our young people involved and invite them to take
part in the election process. Furthermore, this bill would address a
shocking inequity in our laws that allow a 17 year old to eligible to
enlist in the armed forces and fight in a war but not have the ability
to vote.

To date, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska,
North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia already allow this practice.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.6123 died in Judiciary; A.4464
died on 3rd Rdg. 2011: No Senate bill; A.4464 died in Judiciary.
2010: S.4226 died on 31d Rdg.; A.5110 P-Assembly. 2009: S.4226 died
in Judiciary; A.5110 died in Election Law.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This would be referred to the first regular
legislative session convening after the next succeeding general
election of members of the assembly, and, in conformity with section 1
of article 19 of the constitution, and be published for 3 months
previous to the time of such election.

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

                                  4758

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 2 of the constitution, in
  relation to qualifications of voters

  Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 1 of  arti-
cle 2 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
  Section  1.  Every citizen shall be entitled to vote at every election
for all officers elected by the people and upon all questions  submitted
to  the  vote of the people provided that such citizen is eighteen years
of age or over and shall have been a resident of this state, and of  the
county,  city,  or  village  for thirty days next preceding an election;
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, A CITIZEN WHO IS SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE AT  THE  TIME
OF A PRIMARY ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO WILL BE
EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR WHICH SUCH
PRIMARY  ELECTION  IS  HELD  SHALL  BE  ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN SUCH PRIMARY
ELECTION.
  S 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the  foregoing  amendment
be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next  succeeding  general  election  of members of the assembly, and, in
conformity with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution,  be
published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD89006-01-3

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