senate Bill S3910A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting certain candidates for public office from serving as poll watchers

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Mar 22, 2011 print number 3910a
amend and recommit to elections
Mar 09, 2011 referred to elections

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S3910 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1547A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-500, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7662, A10479

S3910 - Bill Texts

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Relates to prohibiting certain candidates for public office from serving as poll watchers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3910

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

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill is intended to prohibit a
candidate from serving as a poll watcher in an election district in
which they appear on the ballot.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends
subdivision 1 of election law § 8-500 to prohibit a candidate from
serving as a poll watcher in an election district in which they
appear on the ballot.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
In some jurisdictions, it is common for candidates to
be appointed poll watchers in election districts in which they appear
on the ballot. Election inspectors have stated that this borders on
electioneering within the poll site and is intimidating to voters.
This bill would prohibit the option of candidates working as poll
watchers in such circumstances.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: A.10479

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act would take effect immediately.

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

                                  3910

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 9, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LITTLE -- 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 poll 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.  NO PERSON SHALL BE APPOINTED OR ACT AS A
WATCHER WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE TO BE VOTED FOR BY  THE
VOTERS OF THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE WATCHER IS TO SERVE.
  S2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04942-01-1

S3910A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1547A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-500, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7662, A10479

S3910A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to prohibiting certain candidates for public office from serving as poll watchers.

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BILL NUMBER:S3910A

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

PURPOSE:
This bill is intended to prohibit a candidate from serving as a poll
watcher in an election district in which they appear on the ballot.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 1 of section 8-500 to
prohibit a candidate from serving as a poll watcher in an election
district in which they appear on the ballot.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
In some jurisdiction, it is common for candidates to be appointed poll
watchers in election district in which they appear on the ballot.
Election inspectors have stated that this borders on electioneering
within the pool site and is intimidating to voters. This bill would
prohibit the option of candidates working as poll watchers in such
circumstance.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.7662 Advanced to Third Reading

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3910--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 9, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Elections  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to poll 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.  NO PERSON SHALL BE APPOINTED OR ACT  AS  A
WATCHER  WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE TO BE VOTED FOR BY THE
VOTERS OF THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN THE SAME ELECTION IN WHICH THE WATCH-
ER IS TO SERVE.   NOTHING IN THIS  SUBDIVISION  SHALL  BE  CONSTRUED  AS
PROHIBITING  ANY  SUCH  CANDIDATE  FROM VISITING A POLLING PLACE IN SUCH
DISTRICT ON AN ELECTION DAY WHILE THE POLLS ARE OPEN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04942-03-1

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