senate Bill S2348

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Jan 19, 2011 referred to elections

S2348 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง8-500, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2866A

S2348 - Bill Texts

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Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S2348 REVISED 02/17/11

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to watchers

PURPOSE:
The bill authorizes attorneys to be poll watchers anywhere in New York
if they are state residents and licensed to practice law in the state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends Election Law section 8-500(4) to allow attorneys who
are state residents and licensed to practice law in the state to
require be watchers anywhere in the State.

Section 2: Provides for the Act to take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW:
Under current law, a poll watcher must be registered to vote in the
county in which he is to serve.

JUSTIFICATION:
Attorneys licensed to practice law in New York are not restricted in
their practices to any locality or court. They may practice before
any court in the state, as well as before the boards of elections
everywhere in the state. They are also trained as observers and to
accurately report their observations. There should be no restriction
on their ability to be in a polling place on election day, where
their skills can be invaluable in both detecting improper conduct,
such as voter intimidation and suppression, and electioneering, and
in obtaining a quick resolution of such unlawful conduct by reporting
it to the appropriate authorities, including election day judges. For
example, in 2006 lawyers serving as poll watchers enabled Senator
Andrea Steward-Cousins to win election by acting to stop disruptions
and voter suppression and intimidation actions in the polls in Yonkers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.2866 - Passed Senate
2007-2008: S.2523 - Referred to Elections
2005-2006: S.2743 - Referred to Elections
2003-2004: S.1359 - Referred to Elections
2001-2002: S.266 - Referred to Elections
1999-2000: S.272 - Referred to Elections
1997-1998: S.1035 - Referred to Elections
1995-1996: S.109 - Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2348

                       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 watchers

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  4  of  section 8-500 of the election law, as
amended by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  4. Each watcher must be a qualified voter of the  city  or  county  in
which  he  OR  SHE  is  to serve, OR AN ATTORNEY WHO IS A NEW YORK STATE
RESIDENT AND IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW THEREIN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07321-01-1

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