senate Bill S586

Amended

Makes the following participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registration: public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high schools

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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 14 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 14 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 586A

Summary

Makes the following participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registration: public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high schools; directs the state board of elections to promulgate rules and regulations for implementation.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A174
Versions:
S586
S586A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §5-211, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1970, A1685
2009-2010: A5260, A5260
2007-2008: A1978, A1978

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BILL NUMBER:S586

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to designating additional
participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter
registration

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 5-211 of the election law in relation to
adding public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high
school to agencies for the purposes of assisting with voter
registration.

JUSTIFICATION:
Registering to vote can be a difficult process for many people. This
bill would make the process easier by requiring more agencies to
offer voter registration forms upon application for services, renewal
of services, and change of address relating to such services. Such
agencies will also be responsible for providing assistance to
applicants in completing voter registration forms, and receiving and
transmitting the completed application forms to the appropriate board
of elections. In addition to college campuses, Immigration and
Naturalization Services, and recruitment offices of the armed forces,
all public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high
schools will offer the same voter registration services. This will
increase the number of eligible voters, and make the voting process
less difficult.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: Senate Bill
1970 (Gianaris) - Died in Senate
Elections Committee
2012: Assembly Bill
1685 (Kavanagh) - Died in
Assembly Elections Committee
2010: Assembly Bill
5230 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly
Elections Committee
2008: Assembly Bill
1978 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly
Elections Committee
2006: Assembly Bill
9230 (Gianaris)- Died in Assembly
Elections Committee
2005: Assembly Bill
1085 (Stringer) - Died in Assembly
Elections Committee
2004: Assembly Bill
5856 (Stringer) - Died in Assembly
Elections Committee
2002: Assembly Bill
7011 (Stringer) - Died in Assembly
Elections Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it
shall have become a law, provided that the state board of elections
is authorized to promulgate any rules to implement this act on or
before its effective date.

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

                                   586

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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 designating  additional
  participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registra-
  tion

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

  Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 5-211 of the election law,
as amended by chapter 200 of the laws of 1996, is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  Each  agency designated as a participating agency under the provisions
of this section shall implement and administer a program of distribution
of voter registration forms pursuant to the provisions of this  section.
The  following  offices  which  provide public assistance and/or provide
state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons
with disabilities are hereby designated as voter registration  agencies:
designated as the state agencies which provide public assistance are the
[department  of  social  services]  OFFICE  OF  TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY
ASSISTANCE and the department of health.    Also  designated  as  public
assistance  agencies  are  all agencies of local government that provide
such assistance. Designated as  state  agencies  that  provide  programs
primarily  engaged in providing services to people with disabilities are
the department of labor, office for the  aging,  division  of  veterans'
affairs,  office  of mental health, office of vocational and educational
services for individuals with disabilities,  commission  on  quality  of
care  for  the mentally disabled, office [of mental retardation and] FOR
PEOPLE WITH developmental disabilities, commission  for  the  blind  and
visually handicapped, office of alcoholism and substance abuse services,
the office of the advocate for the disabled and all offices which admin-
ister  programs established or funded by such agencies. Additional state

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01378-01-3

S. 586                              2

agencies designated as voter registration offices are the department  of
state  and the division of workers' compensation. Such agencies shall be
required to offer voter  registration  forms  to  persons  upon  initial
application  for  services,  renewal or recertification for services and
change of address relating to such services. Such agencies shall also be
responsible for providing assistance to applicants in  completing  voter
registration forms, receiving and transmitting the completed application
form  from  all applicants who wish to have such form transmitted to the
appropriate board of elections. The  state  board  of  elections  shall,
together  with representatives of the department of defense, develop and
implement procedures for including  recruitment  offices  of  the  armed
forces  of  the  United  States  as voter registration offices when such
offices are so designated by federal law.   The state board  shall  also
make request of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service
to  include  applications  for  registration  by mail with any materials
which are given to new citizens.  All institutions of the state  univer-
sity  of  New  York  and  the city university of New York, shall, at the
beginning of the school year, and again in January of a  year  in  which
the president of the United States is to be elected, provide an applica-
tion  for  registration  to  each student in each such institution.  The
state board of elections may, by regulation, grant a waiver from any  or
all  of  the requirements of this section to any office or program of an
agency, if it determines that it is not  feasible  for  such  office  or
program  to administer such requirement.  ALSO DESIGNATED AS PARTICIPAT-
ING AGENCIES ARE ALL PUBLIC LIBRARIES, WHICH SHALL BE REQUIRED TO  OFFER
VOTER  REGISTRATION FORMS TO PERSONS EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER UPON
INITIAL APPLICATION FOR A LIBRARY CARD. ALSO DESIGNATED AS PARTICIPATING
AGENCIES ARE ALL LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES, WHICH SHALL BE  REQUIRED  TO
OFFER  VOTER  REGISTRATION FORMS TO PERSONS UPON INITIAL APPLICATION FOR
SERVICES OR RECERTIFICATION FOR SERVICES. ALSO DESIGNATED AS PARTICIPAT-
ING AGENCIES ARE ALL PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS, WHICH  SHALL  BE  REQUIRED  TO
OFFER VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS TO ALL SENIORS UPON THEIR GRADUATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall  have become a law; provided that the state board of elections
is authorized to promulgate any rules necessary to implement this act on
or before its effective date.

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