senate Bill S3216

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the number and use of voting machines for village elections

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 25, 2011 approval memo.1
signed chap.3
Feb 16, 2011 delivered to governor
Feb 14, 2011 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.83
substituted for s3216
Feb 14, 2011 substituted by a3093b
ordered to third reading cal.83
Feb 11, 2011 referred to rules

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S3216 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3093B
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง15-114, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A3093A
2009-2010: S2339

S3216 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the number and use of voting machines for village elections; requires villages who have not adopted a resolution pursuant to law to provide one voting machine for each eight hundred or fraction thereof of qualified voters in each election district.

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BILL NUMBER:S3216

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the election law, in relation to the number and use of voting
machines in village elections and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill allows villages which administer their own elections
independent of local boards of election to use lever voting machines
in the administration of said elections until December 31, 2012.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill states that villages which have not adopted a
resolution allowing their local board of election to administer
village elections may use lever voting machines in the administration
of said election in lieu of the voting machines that have been
approved by the State Board of Elections and currently in use by
Boards of Elections throughout the state.

Section 2 makes it clear that the use of lever voting machines by
villages in village elections shall not require local Boards of
Elections to maintain, care for, store, or control these machines.

Section 3 specifies that this act shall take effect immediately and
shall expire and be deemed repealed on December 31, 2012.

JUSTIFICATION:

Current law requires that voting machines used throughout New York be
those certified by the State Board of Elections. Pursuant to the
voting modernization act adopted by the state the only machines
currently certified are the electronic voting systems.

Lever voting machines have been successfully used throughout New York
for over 100 years. The cost of using the lever machines is
significantly less than the electronic machines. Electronic machines
must be programmed and tested by the county boards of elections for
extended periods of time, in addition the cost of scannable paper
ballots for use in these machines is upwards of fifty-five cents
apiece.

This bill gives the villages throughout the state the option to use
the new electronic machines or the lever machines. This relief from
the current state mandate will result in a significant cost savings
to village taxpayers and give villages the opportunity for an orderly
transition into the new machines over the next two years. This bill
provides the same relief to villages that was provided to school
districts last year.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:


None.

FISCAL IMPLICATION:

None to the state, cost savings to the county boards of elections and
villages.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill would take effect immediately provided, however, that the
authority to use lever machines will expire on December 31, 2012.

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

                                  3216

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 11, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. MARTINS, JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to the number and  use  of
  voting  machines  in village elections and providing for the repeal of
  such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section  1.  Section 15-114 of the election law, as amended by chapter
373 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  S 15-114. Number AND USE of voting machines. 1. Any village  that  HAS
NOT  ADOPTED  A RESOLUTION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH C OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF
SECTION 15-104 OF THIS ARTICLE AND uses voting machines, INCLUDING LEVER
VOTING MACHINES, for village elections shall provide one voting  machine
for  each  eight hundred or fraction thereof of qualified voters in each
election district, as such voters are defined in section 15-110 of  this
article.
  2.  NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO REQUIRE THE BOARD OF
ELECTIONS TO MAINTAIN THE CARE,  CUSTODY  OR  CONTROL  OF  LEVER  VOTING
MACHINES.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed December 31, 2012.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04799-08-1

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