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|Jan 04, 2012||referred to elections|
|Mar 22, 2011||referred to elections|
senate Bill S4168
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
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- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
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S4168 - Details
- Law Section:
- Election Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §8-404, El L
- Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4168 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4168 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to absentee ballots for patients or inmates of Veteran Administration medical facilities PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill provides that local boards of elections canvass patients at Veterans' Health Administration extended care centers in order to properly provide absentee ballots where necessary. JUSTIFICATION: Current Election Law provides for absentee voting by patients in Veterans' Health Administration facilities if they are residents of the same election district as the facility and they are hospitalized sixty days prior to Election Day. This is acceptable for extended-care facilities which are the functional equivalent of nursing homes. Residents in an extended-care facility are there on a long-term basis and are considered residents of the election district in which the medical facility is located. However, this is inadequate for the needs of Veterans' Health Administration acute-care facilities because their patients are usually in the facility for a short period of time and need to vote from their home election district.
S4168 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4168 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E March 22, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- 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 ballots for patients or inmates of Veteran Administration medical facilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 8-404 of the election law, the opening paragraph of subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 359 of the laws of 1989 and para- graph (b) of subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: S 8-404. Absentee voting; hospitalized veterans, special provisions. 1. UNITED STATES VETERANS' (V.A.) MEDICAL FACILITIES USUALLY ARE CLASSI- FIED AS MEDICAL CENTERS FOR ACUTE-CARE FACILITIES AND AS EXTENDED CARE CENTERS FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES. After entering upon the registra- tion records, the application for registration of an inmate or patient of a [veterans' administration hospital] V.A. EXTENDED CARE CENTER as to whom the medical superintendent or medical head of such hospital has attested that he OR SHE expects that he OR SHE will not be discharged prior to the day following the next general or special village, primary, special, general or New York city community school board district or city of Buffalo school district election, and the application for regis- tration by the spouse, parent or child of such inmate or patient, accom- panying or being with him or her, if a qualified voter and a resident of the same election district, the board of elections, without further investigation and without further application by the applicant, shall send to him at such hospital an absentee ballot and shall record in the signature column on the back of his OR HER permanent personal registra- tion poll record that such ballot has been sent. (a) Any voter who is duly registered and whose registration records are marked "Hospitalized Veteran" or "Hospitalized Veteran's Relative" need not thereafter make application for an absentee ballot. Sixty days EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03145-01-1
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