senate Bill S3789

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires the state board of elections to maintain on its official website electronic voter registration forms which contain the county board of elections' address

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S3789 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A433
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง5-210, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4035, A8430

S3789 - Bill Texts

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Requires the state board of elections to maintain on its official website electronic voter registration forms which contain the county board of elections' address.

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BILL NUMBER:S3789

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to county board of election
addresses on voter registration forms available on the internet

PURPOSE:
This bill is designed to enable the public to complete a voter
registration form on the state board of election website, and have it
automatically addressed to the appropriate county board of elections.
It also enables the public and groups involved in voter registration
to go to the state board website, provide an address and determine
the county and board of elections address.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends election law section 5-210 to add new subdivisions
5-a and 5-b to require the state board of elections to make it
possible for a person to go to its official website to download a
blank voter registration form or to complete the form on line and
have the return address of the registrant and the mailing address for
the registrant's board of elections automatically filled in before it
is downloaded and printed. It also requires that the public be able
to go to the website, enter an address in New York State and be
provided with the name and address of the appropriate county board of
elections.

Section 2: Provides that the Act takes effect sixty days after it
becomes law, but authorizes the immediate change of any rule or
regulation necessary to implement the act on its effective date.

EXISTING LAW:
There is currently no applicable law, and the state board of elections
official website only allows the public to download blank forms or to
complete the form on line, including addressing it to the county
board of elections and inserting the registrant's return address.

JUSTIFICATION:
Voters who are new to an area, and even some of those who have resided
there for a considerable time, may not know what county they actually
reside in. This may be because they reside at or near a county line,
they are not aware of political or geographic subdivisions, or
because, as in the City of New York, they are living in a borough
that has a different county name, such as Kings County being known as
Brooklyn and Richmond County being known as Staten Island. Having a
look up feature
for addresses and counties is also an invaluable feature for groups
registering such voters. providing that type of information is
something that databases are particularly capable of doing.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.4035 - Passed Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None or minimal.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill is effective sixty days after it becomes law, but it
authorizes the immediate change of any rule or regulation necessary
to implement the act on its effective date.

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

                                  3789

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 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  county  board  of
  election addresses on voter registration forms available on the inter-
  net

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

  Section 1. Section 5-210 of the election law is amended by adding  two
new subdivisions 5-a and 5-b to read as follows:
  5-A.  THE  STATE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL MAINTAIN ON ITS OFFICIAL
WEBSITE ELECTRONIC VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS FOR USE BY AND  DISTRIBUTION
TO  THE  GENERAL PUBLIC, WHICH MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION FIVE
OF THIS SECTION AND ALLOW THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) DOWNLOAD OF BLANK VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS; AND
  (B) COMPLETION OF THE VOTER REGISTRATION FORM ELECTRONICALLY, ON WHICH
THE RETURN ADDRESS OF THE REGISTRANT AND THE  MAILING  ADDRESS  FOR  THE
REGISTRANT'S  COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL BE AUTOMATICALLY FILLED IN
FOR THE REGISTRANT BEFORE IT IS DOWNLOADED FOR SIGNATURE AND MAILING.
  5-B. THE STATE BOARD OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL  MAINTAIN  ON  ITS  OFFICIAL
WEBSITE  A COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS FINDER, WHICH PERMITS THE PUBLIC TO
ENTER AN ADDRESS WITHIN NEW YORK STATE AND BE PROVIDED WITH THE NAME AND
ADDRESS OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS FOR THAT ADDRESS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have  become  a  law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
for  the  implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized
to be made and completed on or before such date.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00625-01-1

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