senate Bill S888

Amended

Makes provisions regarding the designation of polling places on college campuses

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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
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 888A

Summary

Provides that whenever a contiguous property of a college or university contains three hundred or more registrants, the polling place designated for such election district shall be on such contiguous property or at a location approved by the college or university.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1116
Versions:
S888
S888A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง4-104 & 4-100, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1851A, A2162A
2009-2010: S2003A, A3430, A9386A
2007-2008: S3706, A1539

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S888

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to the boundaries of election
districts and the designation of polling
places

PURPOSE:
This bill would provide that election districts shall not be drawn in
such a way that they are partly on and partly off a college or
university campus or other contiguous college or university property
with 300 or more registered voters, excluding inactive voters. It
would also require that the poll sites for election districts serving
such concentrations of college or university voters shall be on the
campus or college or university property, or at a site approved by
the college or university.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill amends section 4-104 of the election law by
adding a new subdivision 5-a to provide that whenever 300 or more
registered voters (excluding registrants in inactive status) are
registered on a contiguous college or university property the polling
place for such voters shall be on the property or at a location
approved by the college or university.

Section two of the bill amends paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section
4-100 of the election law to add contiguous properties of colleges
and universities with 300 or more registered voters. (excluding
registrants in inactive status) to the list of geographic areas that
cannot be partly In and partly out of an election district.

Section three of the bill sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill would provide college and university campuses and other
college and university properties with large concentrations of voters
with their own election districts and their own poll sites, in
recognition of the fact that requiring residents of colleges and
universities to vote at sites remote from their campuses or requiring
voters unaffiliated with the colleges and universities to vote on
campuses can present unnecessary obstacles to voting.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.1851A/A..2162A - Died in Elections
2010 PASSED SENATE

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on January 1, 2015.


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

                                   888

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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  boundaries  of
  election districts and the designation of polling places

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

  Section 1. Section 4-104 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 5-a to read as follows:
  5-A.  WHENEVER  A  CONTIGUOUS  PROPERTY  OF  A  COLLEGE  OR UNIVERSITY
CONTAINS THREE HUNDRED OR MORE  REGISTRANTS  (EXCLUDING  REGISTRANTS  IN
INACTIVE  STATUS)  WHO  ARE  REGISTERED  TO  VOTE  AT AN ADDRESS ON SUCH
CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY, THE POLLING PLACE DESIGNATED FOR  SUCH  REGISTRANTS
SHALL  BE  ON  SUCH CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY OR AT A LOCATION APPROVED BY THE
COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.
  S 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section  4-100  of  the  election
law,  as  amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read
as follows:
  a. Each election district shall be in compact  form  and  may  not  be
partly within and partly without a ward, town, city, a village which has
five  thousand  or  more  inhabitants and is wholly within one town, THE
CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY OF A COLLEGE  OR  UNIVERSITY  WHICH  CONTAINS  THREE
HUNDRED  OR  MORE REGISTRANTS (EXCLUDING REGISTRANTS IN INACTIVE STATUS)
WHO ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT AN ADDRESS ON SUCH CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY, or
a county legislative, assembly, senatorial  or  congressional  district.
Except as provided in paragraph b of this subdivision, election district
boundaries,  other  than those boundaries which are coterminous with the
boundaries of those political subdivisions  AND  COLLEGE  OR  UNIVERSITY
PROPERTIES  mentioned  in this paragraph, must be streets, rivers, rail-
road lines or other permanent characteristics of the landscape which are
clearly visible to any person without the need to use any  technical  or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02154-01-3

S. 888                              2

mechanical device. An election district shall contain not more than nine
hundred fifty registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status) or,
with the approval of the county board of elections, not more than eleven
hundred  fifty  registrants  (excluding registrants in inactive status),
but any election district may be divided  for  the  convenience  of  the
voters.
  S 3.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.

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