senate Bill S1974C

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the "voter empowerment act of New York" to streamline the process for registering to vote

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 28, 2012 print number 1974d
amend and recommit to elections
Jun 04, 2012 print number 1974c
amend (t) and recommit to elections
May 30, 2012 print number 1974b
amend (t) and recommit to elections
Jan 05, 2012 print number 1974a
amend and recommit to elections
Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Jan 14, 2011 referred to elections

Bill Amendments

Original
A
B
C
D (Active)
Original
A
B
C
D (Active)

Co-Sponsors

S1974 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1712C
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd El L, generally
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1712
2009-2010: A5265

S1974 - Summary

Enacts the "voter empowerment act of New York" to streamline the process for registering to vote.

S1974 - Sponsor Memo

S1974 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1974

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to amend the election law, the vehicle and traffic  law  and  the
  tax  law,  in  relation  to enacting the "automatic voter registration
  act"

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "automatic voter registration act".
  S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new  section  5-212-a  to
read as follows:
  S  5-212-A.  AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION. 1. IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER
METHOD OF VOTER REGISTRATION PROVIDED FOR IN THIS ARTICLE,  EACH  QUALI-
FIED  PERSON  SHALL  BE REGISTERED TO VOTE PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS SECTION.
  2. ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER, THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR  VEHI-
CLES SHALL TRANSMIT TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS THE NAME AND ADDRESS
OF  EVERY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE,
WHO HAS ATTAINED OR WILL ATTAIN THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS ON  OR  BEFORE
THE  NEXT  GENERAL  ELECTION,  AND WHO HOLDS A NON-DRIVER IDENTIFICATION
CARD, LEARNER'S PERMIT OR DRIVER'S LICENSE PURSUANT TO THE  VEHICLE  AND
TRAFFIC LAW.
  3. ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER, THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND
FINANCE  SHALL  TRANSMIT  TO  THE  STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS THE NAME AND
ADDRESS OF EVERY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO IS A RESIDENT OF  THE
STATE,  WHO  HAS ATTAINED OR WILL ATTAIN THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS ON OR
BEFORE THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION,  AND  WHO  HAS  SUBMITTED  A  RESIDENT
PERSONAL  INCOME  TAX  RETURN  PURSUANT TO ARTICLE TWENTY-TWO OF THE TAX
LAW.
  4. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL COMPILE THE INFORMATION  SUBMIT-
TED  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISIONS  TWO  AND  THREE OF THIS SECTION FOR THE
PURPOSE OF COMPLYING WITH THE  PROVISIONS  OF  SUBDIVISION  THIRTEEN  OF
SECTION 3-102 OF THIS CHAPTER, AND WITHIN TEN DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF THE
NAMES  AND  ADDRESSES  OF  PERSONS PURSUANT TO SUCH SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND

Co-Sponsors

S1974A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1712C
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd El L, generally
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1712
2009-2010: A5265

S1974A - Summary

Enacts the "voter empowerment act of New York" to streamline the process for registering to vote.

S1974A - Sponsor Memo

S1974A - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 1974--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GIANARIS, HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed,  and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee on
  Elections -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections  in  accordance
  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, the vehicle and traffic  law  and  the
  tax  law,  in  relation  to enacting the "automatic voter registration
  act"

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "automatic voter registration act".
  S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new  section  5-212-a  to
read as follows:
  S  5-212-A.  AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION. 1. IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER
METHOD OF VOTER REGISTRATION PROVIDED FOR IN THIS ARTICLE,  EACH  QUALI-
FIED  PERSON  SHALL  BE REGISTERED TO VOTE PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS SECTION.
  2. ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER, THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR  VEHI-
CLES SHALL TRANSMIT TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS THE NAME AND ADDRESS
OF  EVERY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE,
WHO HAS ATTAINED OR WILL ATTAIN THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS ON  OR  BEFORE
THE  NEXT  GENERAL  ELECTION,  AND WHO HOLDS A NON-DRIVER IDENTIFICATION
CARD, LEARNER'S PERMIT OR DRIVER'S LICENSE PURSUANT TO THE  VEHICLE  AND
TRAFFIC LAW.
  3. ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER, THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND
FINANCE  SHALL  TRANSMIT  TO  THE  STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS THE NAME AND
ADDRESS OF EVERY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO IS A RESIDENT OF  THE
STATE,  WHO  HAS ATTAINED OR WILL ATTAIN THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS ON OR
BEFORE THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION,  AND  WHO  HAS  SUBMITTED  A  RESIDENT

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04808-02-1

Co-Sponsors

S1974B - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1712C
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd El L, generally
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1712
2009-2010: A5265

S1974B - Summary

Enacts the "voter empowerment act of New York" to streamline the process for registering to vote.

S1974B - Sponsor Memo

S1974B - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 1974--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GIANARIS, HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed,  and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee on
  Elections -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections  in  accordance
  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to enacting  the  "act  to
  modernize voter registration"

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

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "act to modernize voter registration".
  S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-200 to read
as follows:
  S  5-200.  AUTOMATED  VOTER REGISTRATION. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
MANNER OF REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY THIS  ARTICLE,  EACH  PERSON  IN  THE
STATE QUALIFIED TO VOTE PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-102 OF THIS ARTICLE, SHALL
BE  AUTOMATICALLY  REGISTERED  TO  VOTE  AS  PROVIDED  IN  THIS SECTION,
PROVIDED THAT THE PERSON CONSENTS TO VOTER REGISTRATION.
  2. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR COUNTY  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL
REGISTER  TO VOTE OR UPDATE THE REGISTRATION RECORD OF ANY PERSON IN THE
STATE QUALIFIED TO VOTE PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-102 OF  THIS  ARTICLE  WHO
CONSENTS TO THE REGISTRATION OR UPDATE AND DOES ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (A)  COMPLETES  AN  APPLICATION FOR A NEW OR RENEWED DRIVER'S LICENSE,
NON-DRIVER  IDENTIFICATION  CARD,  PRE-LICENSING   COURSE   CERTIFICATE,
LEARNER'S PERMIT OR CERTIFICATION OF SUPERVISED DRIVING WITH THE DEPART-
MENT  OF  MOTOR  VEHICLES,  OR  NOTIFIES SUCH DEPARTMENT IN WRITING OF A
CHANGE OF HIS OR HER NAME OR ADDRESS;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04808-04-2

S. 1974--B                          2

Co-Sponsors

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S1974C - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1712C
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd El L, generally
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1712
2009-2010: A5265

S1974C - Summary

Enacts the "voter empowerment act of New York" to streamline the process for registering to vote.

S1974C - Sponsor Memo

S1974C - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 1974--C

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GIANARIS, HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed,  and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee on
  Elections -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections  in  accordance
  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the election law, in relation to enacting the "voter
  empowerment act of New York"

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "voter empowerment act of New York".
  S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-200 to read
as follows:
  S 5-200. AUTOMATED VOTER REGISTRATION. 1.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER
MANNER  OF  REGISTRATION  REQUIRED  BY  THIS ARTICLE, EACH PERSON IN THE
STATE QUALIFIED TO VOTE PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-102 OF THIS ARTICLE, SHALL
BE AUTOMATICALLY  REGISTERED  TO  VOTE  AS  PROVIDED  IN  THIS  SECTION,
PROVIDED THAT THE PERSON CONSENTS TO VOTER REGISTRATION.
  2.  THE  STATE  BOARD  OF ELECTIONS OR COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL
REGISTER TO VOTE OR UPDATE THE REGISTRATION RECORD OF ANY PERSON IN  THE
STATE  QUALIFIED  TO  VOTE PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-102 OF THIS ARTICLE WHO
CONSENTS TO THE REGISTRATION OR UPDATE AND DOES ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) COMPLETES AN APPLICATION FOR A NEW OR  RENEWED  DRIVER'S  LICENSE,
NON-DRIVER   IDENTIFICATION   CARD,  PRE-LICENSING  COURSE  CERTIFICATE,
LEARNER'S PERMIT OR CERTIFICATION OF SUPERVISED DRIVING WITH THE DEPART-
MENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, OR NOTIFIES SUCH  DEPARTMENT  IN  WRITING  OF  A
CHANGE OF HIS OR HER NAME OR ADDRESS;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04808-07-2

Co-Sponsors

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S1974D (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1712C
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd El L, generally
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1712
2009-2010: A5265

S1974D (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "voter empowerment act of New York" to streamline the process for registering to vote.

S1974D (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1974D (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 1974--D

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced   by   Sens.   GIANARIS,   ADAMS,   ADDABBO,  AVELLA,  DILAN,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, KENNEDY, MONTGOMERY, OPPENHEIMER, PERALTA,  PERKINS,
  SERRANO,  STEWART-COUSINS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections  --  recommitted
  to the Committee on Elections in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended  and  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the election law, in relation to enacting the "voter
  empowerment act of New York"

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "voter empowerment act of New York".
  S 2. Section 5-104 of the election law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3. THE PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION REGARD-
ING THE RIGHT OF STUDENTS TO REGISTER AND VOTE SHALL BE INTERPRETED IN A
MANNER  CONSISTENT WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT THAT EACH CITIZEN
MUST BE PERMITTED TO VOTE IN THAT COMMUNITY WHICH IS THE "LOCUS  OF  ...
PRIMARY CONCERN" TO THAT CITIZEN AT THE TIME OF THE ELECTION. ACCORDING-
LY,  A  STUDENT ATTENDING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY IN THIS STATE SHALL BE
PERMITTED TO RETAIN HIS OR HER PARENTAL RESIDENCE FOR VOTING PURPOSES IF
THE PARENTAL COMMUNITY  REMAINS  THE  LOCUS  OF  THE  STUDENT'S  PRIMARY
CONCERN OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, A STUDENT SHALL BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER
AND  VOTE  FROM  HIS  OR  HER RESIDENCE WITHIN THE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04808-11-2

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