senate Bill S7371A

Relates to the use of lever voting machines, the number and use of voting machines in village elections, and to the types of voting machines used in certain elections

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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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  • 14 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 7371A
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1564
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9321A

Summary

Relates to the use of lever voting machines, the number and use of voting machines in village elections, and to the types of voting machines used in certain elections.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9321A
Versions:
S7371
S7371A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Elections
Laws Affected:
Amd §8, Chap 359 of 2010; amd §2, Chap 3 of 2011; amd §7, Chap 170 of 2011

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BILL NUMBER:S7371A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 359 of the laws of 2010
amending the education law relating to use of lever voting machines;
to amend chapter 3 of the laws of 2011 amending the election law
relating to the number and use of voting machines in village
elections; and to amend chapter 170 of the laws of 2011 amending the
town law relating to the types of voting machines used in certain
elections, in relation to extending the provisions of such chapters

PURPOSE: To allow for the continued use of lever voting machines for
school districts, villages and special districts in their respective
local elections until December 31, 2015 and require a report by the
State Board of Elections.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 extends by two years the sunset date of Chapter 359 of the
laws of 2010, allowing school districts to continue using lever voting
machines in their elections until December 31, 2015.

Section 2 extends by two years the sunset date of Chapter 3 of the
laws of 2011, allowing villages to continue using lever voting
machines in their elections until December 31, 2015.

Section 3 extends by two years the sunset date of Chapter 170 of the
laws of 2011, allowing fire districts and special improvement
districts to continue to use lever voting machines in their local
elections until December 31, 2015.

Section 4 requires the State Board of Election to submit a report.

Section 5 sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: There is a preference amongst school districts,
villages and special districts to continue to use lever-style voting
machines in their elections for one additional year, until December
31, 2015. These various localities cite the cost of using the optical
scan machines as well as their availability from county boards of
elections as the motivation behind this two year extension.

Chapter 359 of the laws of 2010 and Chapters 3 and 170 of the laws of
2011 offered a solution to authorize the use of lever-style voting
machines as a cost-effective means to continue operating local
elections at reasonable rates for a limited time. This legislation
extends that time by two years. This legislation does not impose any
obligation on the boards of elections to maintain care, custody or
control of lever voting machines or to provide entities with such
voting machines for their elections.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: The provisions of this bill were previously
chaptered in Chapter 359 of the laws of 2010, Chapter 3 of the laws of
2011 and Chapter 170 of the laws of 2011.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 7371--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Elections  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend chapter 359 of the laws of 2010 amending the education
  law relating to use of lever voting machines; to amend  chapter  3  of
  the  laws of 2011 amending the election law relating to the number and
  use of voting machines in village elections; and to amend chapter  170
  of  the  laws  of  2011 amending the town law relating to the types of
  voting machines used in certain elections, in  relation  to  extending
  the provisions of such chapters

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

  Section 1. Section 8 of chapter 359 of the laws of 2010  amending  the
education  law  relating  to use of lever voting machines, as amended by
chapter 482 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed December 31, [2014] 2015.
  S  2. Section 2 of chapter 3 of the laws of 2011 amending the election
law relating to the  number  and  use  of  voting  machines  in  village
elections,  as amended by chapter 482 of the laws of 2012, is amended to
read as follows:
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed December 31, [2014] 2015.
  S  3.  Section  7 of chapter 170 of the laws of 2011 amending the town
law relating to the types of voting machines used in certain  elections,
as  amended  by  chapter  482 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as
follows:
  S 7. This act shall take effect immediately  provided,  however,  that
sections  one, two, four and five of this act shall expire and be deemed
repealed December 31, [2014] 2015, when upon such date the provisions of
sections three and six of this act shall take effect.
  S 4. On or before January 31, 2015, the state board of elections shall
submit a report to the governor,  speaker  of  the  assembly,  temporary

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11403-03-4

S. 7371--A                          2

president of the senate and the chairs of the committees on election law
of  the  senate  and  the  assembly  concerning  the  administration  of
elections  by  villages,  school  districts,  fire  districts,   library
districts  and  other municipal corporations required to hold elections.
The report shall include recommendations and guidance for such villages,
districts and municipal corporations to migrate to  the  use  of  voting
systems  which  are compliant with section 7-202 of the election law and
applicable state board of elections rules and  regulations.  The  report
shall  also  include  an  analysis of the cost and fiscal impact to such
villages, districts and  municipal  corporations  for  transitioning  to
voting systems that comply with section 7-202 of the election law. Prior
to  preparing and issuing the report, the state board of elections shall
solicit, and take into consideration, recommendations from  stakeholders
including, but not necessarily limited to, the New York state department
of  education,  the  New  York  school  boards association, the New York
conference of mayors and the New York state association of counties.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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