senate Bill S609A

Provides that qualified persons who are not registered to vote may register on a day of election at their polling places

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 13 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 13 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 609A

Summary

Provides that qualified persons who have never previously registered to vote in this state may apply personally for registration by appearing at the appropriate polling place for the election district in which such person resides on the day such polling place is open for voting; requires establishment of a procedure to enable such registrants to cast their votes at the appropriate polling places.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A172A
Versions:
S609
S609A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง5-210, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A1684, S1972A, A1684, A1684A, S1972A
2009-2010: A5230, A5230
2007-2008: A4488, A4488

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BILL NUMBER:S609A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
allowing for polling place voter registration for any qualified person
who is not registered to vote

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 5-210 of election law is amended by adding a new subdivision
1-a which enables qualified persons to register to vote.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation seeks to set parameters and guidelines fix Election
Day voter registration. Allowing for persons eligible to vote to
register to vote up until and on Election Day has increased voter
turnout in the six states (Idaho, Maine, Minnesota. New Hampshire.
Wisconsin Wyoming). On average, turnout was 14% higher in EDR states
than country in the 2004 election cycle. New York consistently ranks
near the bottom in voter turnout in the country.It is imperative that
state take every action necessary to allow eligible voters the
involved in elections until the very last moment when often it is too
late to register to vote. This must be changed, voters should have the
ability to register and vote Election Day.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: Senate Bill #609 (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Elections Committee
2012: Senate Bill #1972-A (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Elections
Committee
2013: Assembly Bill #172 (Kavangh) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2012: Assembly Bill #1684-A (Kavangh) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2010: Assembly Bill #5230 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2008: Assembly Bill #4488 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2006: Assembly Bill #9229 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This shall take effect January 1, 2015.

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

                                 609--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GIANARIS, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Elections -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections  in  accord-
  ance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the election law, in relation to allowing for polling
  place voter registration for any qualified person who  is  not  regis-
  tered to vote

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

  Section 1. Section 5-210 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A.  (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE RELATING
TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, ANY QUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOT REGISTERED
IN THIS STATE MAY APPLY PERSONALLY FOR REGISTRATION  AND  ENROLLMENT  BY
APPEARING  AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE FOR THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN
WHICH HE OR SHE RESIDES ON THE DAY OF ANY PRIMARY,  GENERAL  OR  SPECIAL
ELECTION DURING THE HOURS THAT SUCH POLLING PLACE IS OPEN FOR VOTING. TO
BE  ELIGIBLE  TO  REGISTER  PURSUANT  TO THIS SUBDIVISION, A PERSON MUST
PROVIDE ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION  CONTAINING  PROOF  OF  RESI-
DENCE,  AS  DETERMINED BY STATE LAW IMPLEMENTING THE HELP AMERICANS VOTE
ACT OF 2002 (PUBLIC LAW 107-252). ANY PERSON WHO SO  REGISTERS  TO  VOTE
SHALL  EXECUTE  THE  FOLLOWING INSTRUMENT IN SUBSTANTIALLY THE FOLLOWING
FORM:
  "I, (NAME), DO HEREBY CERTIFY, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT, TO  THE
BEST  OF  MY KNOWLEDGE, I AM A QUALIFIED VOTER, HAVING RESIDED AT (PLACE
OF RESIDENCE) FOR  AT  LEAST  THIRTY  DAYS  IMMEDIATELY  PRECEDING  THIS
ELECTION,  THAT  I  AM NOT DISQUALIFIED ON ANY LEGAL GROUNDS FROM VOTING
AND THAT I HAVE NOT ALREADY VOTED AT THIS ELECTION."

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01376-02-4

S. 609--A                           2

  (B) IF A REGISTRANT IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE VALID PROOF OF  RESIDENCE  AS
REQUIRED  BY  PARAGRAPH  (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH REGISTRANT MAY BE
ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR AND VOTE IN ANY ELECTION  BY  AFFIDAVIT  BALLOT.
SUCH  AFFIDAVIT BALLOT SHALL NOT BE COUNTED UNTIL ELECTION OFFICIALS CAN
DETERMINE SUCH REGISTRANT'S RESIDENCE AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE.
  (C)  THE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A
PERSON WHO REGISTERS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION MAY CAST  HIS  OR  HER
VOTE AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.

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