senate Bill S1978

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Removes ten day advance voter registration requirement

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  • Delivered to Governor
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view actions (6)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 08, 2012 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 09, 2012 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 04, 2012 referred to judiciary
Apr 27, 2011 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 19, 2011 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 14, 2011 referred to judiciary

S1978 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 2 ยง5, Constn
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1616, A3734
2013-2014: S617, A113
2015-2016: S2391, A5891
2017-2018: S2478, A2090, A10420
2019-2020: S1048, A777
2021-2022: S517, A502, A10633
2023-2024: A181

S1978 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Amends the constitution to delete the requirement that registration for purposes of voting be completed at least ten days before election day and provides that laws be made to adequately safeguard against deception in the exercise of the right of suffrage; enables the legislature to enact legislation permitting persons to register to vote on election day and also to implement adequate safeguards against fraud.

S1978 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1978 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       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 Judiciary


proposing an amendment to section 5 of article 2 of the constitution, in
  relation to the ten day advance registration requirement

  Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 5 of  arti-
cle 2 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
  S  5. Laws shall be made for ascertaining, by proper proofs, the citi-
zens who shall be entitled to the right of suffrage hereby  established,
and  for  the  registration  of  voters[;  which  registration  shall be
completed at least ten days before each election] WITH SUCH PROVISION AS
shall not be required for town and village elections except  by  express
provision of law.
  S  2.  Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment
be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next succeeding general election of members of  the  assembly,  and,  in
conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
published for three months previous to the time of such election.

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


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