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|Jan 06, 2010||referred to election law|
|Jan 07, 2009||referred to election law|
assembly Bill A408
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
A408 (ACTIVE) - Details
A408 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:A408 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to change of enrollment PURPOSE: Under current law, when a registered voter seeks to change his/her party enrollment to a different party, enroll in a party (when not previously enrolled in any party), or to end his/her enrollment in a party, the effective change of that enrollment is deferred until the first Tuesday following the general election. As a result, voters wish- ing to make such changes of enrollment may have to wait as long as thir- teen months to see their changes of enrollment take effect. Under this bill, changes of enrollment would take effect twenty-five (25) days after such changes were applied for. This new timeframe would coincide with the deadlines for voter registration thus simplifying the process for both voters and county boards of elections. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section I amends Subdivision 3 of Section 5-303 of the election law to make changes of enrollment effective twenty-five (25) days after they are applied for. Section 2 sets the effective date. JUSTIFICATION: Of paramount importance in a democratic society is not just to be able to vote for the candidate of one's choice but also to be able to select the candidates who appear on the ballot. In fact, in many instances this selection is more significant than the general election itself.
A408 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 408 2009-2010 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Election Law AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to change of enrollment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 5-304 of the election law, as amended by chapter 90 of the laws of 1991, is amended to read as follows: 3. A change of enrollment received by the board of elections, SHOWING A DATED CANCELLATION MARK OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, OR CONTAINED IN AN ENVELOPE SHOWING SUCH A DATED CANCELLATION MARK WHICH IS DATED not later than the twenty-fifth day before the [general election shall be deposited in a sealed enrollment box, which shall not be opened until the first Tuesday following such general election. Such change of enrollment shall be then removed and entered as provided in this arti- cle] NEXT ENSUING PRIMARY, GENERAL, OR SPECIAL ELECTION, AND RECEIVED NO LATER THAN THE TWENTIETH DAY BEFORE SUCH ELECTION, OR DELIVERED IN PERSON TO SUCH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS NOT LATER THAN THE TENTH DAY BEFORE A SPECIAL ELECTION, SHALL HAVE SUCH CHANGE OF ENROLLMENT EFFEC- TIVE FOR SUCH ELECTION. ENROLLMENT CHANGES SHALL BE ENTERED AS PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE AND WILL BE DEEMED TO TAKE EFFECT ON THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY AFTER SUCH CHANGE OF ENROLLMENT IS RECEIVED BY THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR IF THE CHANGE OF ENROLLMENT, OR THE ENVELOPE CONTAINING IT, BEARS A DATED CANCELLATION MARK OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, SUCH CHANGE SHALL BE ENTERED AND WILL BE DEEMED TO TAKE EFFECT ON THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY AFTER THE DATE OF SUCH MARK, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER; EXCEPT THAT NO CHANGE WILL TAKE EFFECT SOONER THAN THE TWENTIETH DAY AFTER THE RECEIPT OF SUCH CHANGE OF ENROLLMENT BY THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS EXCEPT WITH REGARD TO SPECIAL ELECTIONS AS PROVIDED IN THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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