senate Bill S2347

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to absentee voting in nursing homes and senior citizen residences

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S2347 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง8-407, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S8033

S2347 - Bill Texts

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Relates to absentee voting in nursing homes and senior citizen residences; board of inspectors shall deliver and help complete applications for absentee ballots to residents of such facilities.

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BILL NUMBER:S2347 REVISED 02/17/11

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to absentee voting in nursing
homes and senior citizen residences

PURPOSE:
To increase voting by senior citizens and other residents of nursing
homes and senior citizen residences who are unable to go to the polls
by assisting them in applying for absentee ballots, delivering such
ballots to them, and assisting them in completing and casting the
ballot.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends election law section 8-407(5) to provide that when a
board of inspectors is provided by the board of elections with
absentee ballots for delivery to residents of nursing homes,
residential health care and similar facilities, the board of
elections shall also provide them with a supply of absentee ballot
applications, as well as appropriate absentee ballots and envelopes.
It also adds a new subdivision 10-a to provide that the board of
inspectors shall deliver an absentee ballot application to any
resident of such a facility for whom it does not have an absentee
ballot, who requests such an application. It further provides that
the board of inspectors shall assist any resident requesting help in
completing the application, and, upon receiving the completed
application, the board is required to deliver an absentee ballot and
envelope to the resident.

Section 2: The bill is effective on the thirtieth day after it becomes
a law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Election law section 8-407 already establishes a process for the board
of elections to send out bipartisan teams of inspectors to nursing
homes and residential care facilities to conduct absentee balloting
for people there who are unable to get to their poll sites on
election day. By providing that when a board of inspectors goes to
such a facility to deliver requested absentee ballots it shall carry
applications and additional ballots, and that it shall help those who
want to vote, this provision makes it possible for more of those
residents who want to vote to do so.

This legislation has been requested by the New York City Board of
Elections in its 2009 and 2010 legislative proposals.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.8033 - Passed Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATION:
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it becomes a law.


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

                                  2347

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 19, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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  absentee  voting  in
  nursing homes and senior citizen residences

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 8-407  of  the  election  law,  as
added  by chapter 296 of the laws of 1988, is amended and a new subdivi-
sion 10-a is added to read as follows:
  5. The board of elections shall deliver to each  board  of  inspectors
all the absentee ballots in the custody of such board of elections which
are addressed to residents of the facilities which such board of inspec-
tors  is  assigned  to attend, together with AN ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF THE
APPROPRIATE ABSENTEE BALLOT, ABSENTEE BALLOT ENVELOPES, APPLICATIONS FOR
ABSENTEE BALLOTS, one or more portable voting booths of a type  approved
by the state board of elections and such other supplies as such board of
inspectors will require to discharge its duties properly.
  10-A.  THE  BOARD  OF  INSPECTORS  SHALL DELIVER AN APPLICATION FOR AN
ABSENTEE BALLOT TO ANY RESIDENT OF SUCH FACILITY FOR WHOM  IT  DOES  NOT
HAVE  AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AND WHO REQUESTS SUCH AN APPLICATION. THE BOARD
OF INSPECTORS SHALL ASSIST ANY SUCH RESIDENT WHO REQUESTS ASSISTANCE  TO
COMPLETE  SUCH  APPLICATION. UPON RECEIVING A COMPLETED APPLICATION FROM
ANY RESIDENT, THE BOARD OF INSPECTORS SHALL FORTHWITH DELIVER AN  ABSEN-
TEE BALLOT AND BALLOT ENVELOPE TO SUCH VOTER IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY
THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07322-01-1

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