senate Bill S1318

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Directs the state board of elections to establish procedures to assure the timely processing and counting of affidavit ballots

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Jan 06, 2011 referred to elections

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S1318 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §8-318, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A1433, S1433

S1318 - Bill Texts

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Directs the state board of elections to establish procedures to assure the timely processing and counting of affidavit ballots.

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BILL NUMBER:S1318

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the election law, in relation to affidavit ballots

PURPOSE:

To establish a timely processing of provisional ballots following an
election.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Adds a new section 8-318 to the election law.

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

The need for standard procedures in processing and counting provisional
ballots is necessary to assure the public that provisional ballots cast
in an election are canvassed in a timely and orderly fashion. The state
board shall establish standards to protect the security, confidentiality
and integrity of those votes cast by means other than traditional
machine voting. Recent state elections have shown that due to no
established procedures for the timely processing and counting of certain
ballots, interested parties may delay the process, which calls into
question the integrity of our voting systems. A statewide procedure
shall prevent such strategies of delay and provides a reasonable time
frame for determining the outcome of elections.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009/10 - S/1433/A.6177 Advanced to 3rd Reading
2007/08 - S.1504 Committed to Rules
2005/06 - S.5661 Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Negligible.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1318

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. DILAN, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, 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 affidavit ballots

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

  Section  1.  The election law is amended by adding a new section 8-318
to read as follows:
  S 8-318. AFFIDAVIT BALLOTS. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL  ESTAB-
LISH  REASONABLE PROCEDURES TO ASSURE THE TIMELY PROCESSING AND COUNTING
OF AFFIDAVIT BALLOTS, INCLUDING:
  1. STANDARDS FOR TIMELY PROCESSING AND COUNTING TO ASSURE THAT,  AFTER
THE  CONCLUSION  OF THE AFFIDAVIT VOTE COUNT, PARTIES AND CANDIDATES MAY
HAVE FULL, TIMELY, AND EFFECTIVE RECOURSE TO  THE  RECOUNT  AND  CONTEST
PROCEDURES; AND
  2.  STANDARDS FOR THE INFORMED PARTICIPATION OF CANDIDATES AND PARTIES
SUCH AS ARE CONSISTENT WITH REASONABLE PROCEDURES TO PROTECT THE SECURI-
TY, CONFIDENTIALITY, AND INTEGRITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED  IN
THE COURSE OF THE PROCESSING AND COUNTING OF AFFIDAVIT BALLOTS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02919-01-1

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