assembly Bill A4696A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires the use of a simple and easy to read typeface on paper ballots

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 04, 2012 referred to election law
Jun 17, 2011 print number 4696a
Jun 17, 2011 amend and recommit to election law
Feb 07, 2011 referred to election law

Co-Sponsors

A4696 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S609
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7-106, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A64, S1928
2015-2016: A5729, S2841
2017-2018: S3686

A4696 - Summary

Requires the use of a simple and easy to read typeface on paper ballots.

A4696 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4696

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH, HEVESI -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Election Law

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to the typeface to be used
  on paper ballots

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section  7-106  of  the  election  law  is
amended and a new subdivision 2-a is added to read as follows:
  2. All paper ballots of the same kind for the same polling place shall
be  identical.  A  different, but in each case uniform style and size of
SIMPLE AND EASY TO READ type, SUCH AS ARIAL OR UNIVERS,  shall  be  used
for  printing  the names of candidates, the titles of offices, political
designations, and the reading form of all questions submitted. The names
of candidates shall be printed in INITIAL capital FOLLOWED BY LOWER CASE
letters  [in  black-faced]  OF  NOT  LESS   THAN   TWELVE   POINT   BOLD
(BLACK-FACED) type.
  2-A.  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE,  NEW  YORK CITY, AND THE COUNTY BOARDS OF
ELECTIONS FOR THE COUNTIES OF  NASSAU,  SUFFOLK,  WESTCHESTER  AND  ERIE
SHALL  AT  ALL  TIMES  HAVE ONE FULL TIME EMPLOYEE ON STAFF WHO IS FULLY
TRAINED IN EFFECTIVE BALLOT DESIGN AND BALLOT USABILITY.  SUCH  EMPLOYEE
OF  THE STATE BOARD SHALL BE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO REVIEW AND ADVISE
ALL COUNTIES ON THE PROPOSED DESIGN AND USABILITY OF THEIR  BALLOTS  FOR
ALL PRIMARY, GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
  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
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06239-01-1

Co-Sponsors

A4696A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S609
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7-106, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A64, S1928
2015-2016: A5729, S2841
2017-2018: S3686

A4696A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the use of a simple and easy to read typeface on paper ballots.

A4696A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 4696--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH, HEVESI, SIMOTAS, P. RIVERA -- read once
  and referred to the Committee on Election Law -- committee discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to the typeface to be used
  on paper ballots

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  2  of  section  7-106 of the election law is
amended and a new subdivision 2-a is added to read as follows:
  2. All paper ballots of the same kind for the same polling place shall
be identical. A different, but in each case uniform style  and  size  of
SIMPLE  AND  EASY  TO READ type, SUCH AS ARIAL OR UNIVERS, shall be used
for printing the names of candidates, the titles of  offices,  political
designations, and the reading form of all questions submitted. The names
of candidates shall be printed in INITIAL capital FOLLOWED BY LOWER CASE
letters   [in   black-faced]   OF   NOT  LESS  THAN  TWELVE  POINT  BOLD
(BLACK-FACED) type.
  2-A. THE NEW YORK STATE, NEW YORK  CITY,  AND  THE  COUNTY  BOARDS  OF
ELECTIONS  FOR  THE  COUNTIES  OF  NASSAU, SUFFOLK, WESTCHESTER AND ERIE
SHALL AT ALL TIMES HAVE ONE FULL TIME EMPLOYEE ON  STAFF  WHO  IS  FULLY
TRAINED  IN  EFFECTIVE BALLOT DESIGN AND BALLOT USABILITY. SUCH EMPLOYEE
OF THE STATE BOARD SHALL BE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO ADVISE  ALL  COUN-
TIES  ON  THE  PROPOSED  DESIGN  AND  USABILITY OF THEIR BALLOTS FOR ALL
PRIMARY, GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06239-02-1