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|Jan 04, 2012||referred to elections|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to elections|
senate Bill S1009
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S1009 - Details
S1009 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1009 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting the suppression of voters PURPOSE: This bill would create a new electoral crime of voter suppression, punishable as a misdemeanor. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends article seventeen of the election law by adding a new section 17-153, creating the crime of voter suppression and providing penalties therefor. EXISTING LAW: Article seventeen of the election law contains several statutes addressing the issues of voter coercion and intimidation, however there is no specific statute that deals with the actual suppression of voters. JUSTIFICATION: Unfortunately, even in the twenty first century voter suppression is an all too real reality in this state. While sometimes it occurs subtly, oftentimes the effort is much more pronounced and widespread.
S1009 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1009 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. STEWART-COUSINS, ADAMS, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, DIAZ, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, PERKINS, SAMPSON, STAVI- SKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be commit- ted to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting the suppression of voters THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "deceptive practices and voter suppression prevention act". S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 17-151 to read as follows: S 17-151. DECEPTIVE PRACTICES. 1. ANY PERSON, POLITICAL COMMITTEE, LABOR ORGANIZATION, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY, WHETHER ACTING UNDER COLOR OF LAW OR OTHERWISE, WHO KNOWINGLY COMMUNICATES OR KNOWINGLY CAUS- ES TO BE COMMUNICATED DECEPTIVE INFORMATION, KNOWING SUCH INFORMATION TO BE FALSE AND, IN ACTING IN THE MANNER DESCRIBED, PREVENTS OR DETERS ANOTHER PERSON FROM EXERCISING THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN ANY ELECTION, IS GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR. 2. THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS ARE APPLICABLE TO THIS SECTION: (A) "DECEPTIVE INFORMATION" MEANS FALSE INFORMATION REGARDING: (I) THE TIME, PLACE, OR MANNER OF ANY ELECTION; (II) THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR OR RESTRICTIONS ON VOTER ELIGIBILITY FOR ANY ELECTION, INCLUDING ANY PENAL- TIES ASSOCIATED WITH VOTING BY INELIGIBLE VOTERS; (III) INFORMATION REGARDING A VOTER'S REGISTRATION STATUS OR ELIGIBILITY; OR (IV) THE POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION OF ANY CANDIDATE; AND (B) "ELECTION" AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE DEEMED TO APPLY TO AND INCLUDE ALL ELECTIONS ADMINISTERED BY THE STATE OR CITY OF NEW YORK BOARDS OF ELECTIONS, OR ANY COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, INCLUDING ANY EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00809-01-1
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