senate Bill S6535

Authorizes full-time college students to act as election inspectors and poll clerks in the election district where their colleges are located

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  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Authorizes, under certain circumstances, full-time college and university students to act as election inspectors and poll clerks in the election district where their college or university is located.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3515
Versions:
S6535
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3-400, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S543, A4547
2009-2010: S1837B, A11667
2007-2008: S2255

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BILL NUMBER:S6535

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the
appointment of college and university students as election inspectors

PURPOSE: Permits boards of elections to hire college and university
students as elections inspectors without compliance with certain
requirements.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends the Election Law to add a new subdivision 6-a to
section 3400 which authorizes local boards of election to recruit
full-time students from college and university in the city or county
to serve as election inspectors, even if they do not reside in that
city or county. Such student election inspectors would be exempt from
the current county residency requirements, but must be registered
voters residing in New York state, and meet all other existing
statutory requirements.

JUSTIFICATION: Every year at election time, election districts around
the state are plagued by a shortage of trained staff to operate as
elections inspectors at local polling places. One consequence of this
chronic shortage is that several election districts are often forced
to vote in a single polling place, an inconvenience for voters who
would prefer to cast their ballots closer to home and an
administrative nightmare for election workers who must maintain and
close down several machines. In a presidential election year or a year
with several hotly contested races, these staffing shortages are felt
more acutely. In some areas of New York city, voters were forced to
wait for 2-3 hours to cast their ballots during the 2000 General
Election.

To ensure that every New Yorker can fully participate in the election
process, we need to increase the number of trained election
inspectors. New recruitment is especially important now because many
of the current inspectors are senior citizens and will retire from
their poll watching duties in the next few years. I propose that New
York solve its election inspector shortage by exploiting a heretofore
untapped labor pool college students. By recruiting young people as
inspectors, New York will help alleviate a current crisis while
ensuring an adequate pool of polling place personnel for many years to
come

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2002 - A.4823 - Referred to Elections 2004 -
A.3243 - Referred to Elections 2006 - S.4427 - Referred to Elections
2008 - S.2255 - Referred to Elections 2010 - S.1837 - Referred to
Elections; Passed Senate 2012 - S.543 - Referred to Elections 2013 -
S.3799 - Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  6535

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 4, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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  the  appointment  of
  college and university students as election inspectors

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

  Section 1. Section 3-400 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A.  (A)  NOTWITHSTANDING  THE  PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS
SECTION, ANY PERSON WHO IS A FULL-TIME COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY STUDENT MAY
BE CERTIFIED AND ACT AS AN ELECTION INSPECTOR OR POLL CLERK IN THE COUN-
TY IN WHICH SUCH PERSON'S COLLEGE  OR  UNIVERSITY  IS  LOCATED,  OR,  IF
LOCATED  WITHIN  THE CITY OF NEW YORK, THEN SUCH PERSON MAY BE SO CERTI-
FIED IN ANY COUNTY THEREIN, PROVIDED HE OR SHE:
  (1) IS REGISTERED TO VOTE IN THIS STATE;
  (2) HOLDS NO ELECTIVE OFFICE;
  (3) IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE TO BE VOTED  FOR  BY  THE
VOTERS  OF  THE  DISTRICT IN WHICH HE OR SHE IS TO SERVE, AND IS NOT THE
SPOUSE, PARENT OR CHILD OF SUCH A CANDIDATE; AND
  (4) IS ABLE TO SPEAK AND READ THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND WRITE IT  LEGI-
BLY.
  (B)  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "FULL-TIME" SHALL
MEAN ANY MATRICULATED STUDENT ENROLLED IN AT LEAST TWELVE  CREDIT  HOURS
PER  SEMESTER AT A COLLEGE, AS DEFINED BY SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION SIX
HUNDRED ONE OF THE EDUCATION LAW, LOCATED IN THIS STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05096-01-3

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