senate Bill S543

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Authorizes full-time college students to act as election inspectors and poll clerks in the election district where their colleges are located

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Jan 05, 2011 referred to elections

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S543 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4547
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3-400, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1837B, A11667

S543 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes, under certain circumstances, full-time college and university students to act as election inspectors and poll clerks in the election district where their college or university is located.

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BILL NUMBER:S543

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to the appointment of college and
university students as election inspectors

PURPOSE:
Permits boards of elections to hire college and university students as
elections inspectors without compliance with certain requirements.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends the election law to add a new subdivision 6-a to section 3-400
which authorizes local boards of election to recruit full-time
students from college and university in the city or county to serve
as election inspectors, even if they do not reside in that city or
county. Such student election inspectors would be exempt from the
current county residency requirements, but must be registered voters
residing in New York state, and meet all other existing statutory
requirements.

JUSTIFICATION:
Every year at election time, election districts around the state are
plagued by a shortage of trained staff to operate as elections
inspectors at local polling places. One consequence of this chronic
shortage is that several election districts are often forced to vote
in a single polling place, an inconvenience for voters who would
prefer to cast their ballots closer to home and an administrative
nightmare for election workers who must maintain and close down
several machines. In a presidential election year or a year with
several hotly contested races, these staffing shortages are felt more
acutely. In some areas of New York city, voters were forced to wait
for 2-3 hours to cast their ballots during the 2000 General Election.

To ensure that every New Yorker can fully participate in the election
process, we need to increase the number of trained election inspectors.
New recruitment is especially important now because many of the
current inspectors are senior citizens and will retire from their
poll watching duties in the next few years. I propose that New York
solve its election inspector shortage by exploiting a heretofore
untapped labor pool college students. By recruiting young people as
inspectors, New York will help alleviate a current crisis while
ensuring an adequate pool of polling place personnel for many years
to come.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2002 - A.4823 - Referred to Elections
2004 - A.3243 - Referred to Elections
2006 - S.4427 - Referred to Elections
2008 - S.2255 - Referred to Elections
2010 - S.1837 - Referred to Elections; Passed Senate

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   543

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  KLEIN,  KRUEGER, SAMPSON, SMITH, STAVISKY -- 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 the appointment of
  college and university students as election inspectors

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

  Section  1.  Section  3-400 of the election law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF  SUBDIVISION  SIX  OF  THIS
SECTION, ANY PERSON WHO IS A FULL-TIME COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY STUDENT MAY
BE CERTIFIED AND ACT AS AN ELECTION INSPECTOR OR POLL CLERK IN THE COUN-
TY  IN  WHICH  SUCH  PERSON'S  COLLEGE  OR UNIVERSITY IS LOCATED, OR, IF
LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, THEN SUCH PERSON MAY BE  SO  CERTI-
FIED IN ANY COUNTY THEREIN, PROVIDED HE OR SHE:
  (1) IS REGISTERED TO VOTE IN THIS STATE;
  (2) HOLDS NO ELECTIVE OFFICE;
  (3)  IS  NOT  A CANDIDATE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE TO BE VOTED FOR BY THE
VOTERS OF THE DISTRICT IN WHICH HE OR SHE IS TO SERVE, AND  IS  NOT  THE
SPOUSE, PARENT OR CHILD OF SUCH A CANDIDATE; AND
  (4)  IS ABLE TO SPEAK AND READ THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND WRITE IT LEGI-
BLY.
  (B) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM  "FULL-TIME"  SHALL
MEAN  ANY  MATRICULATED STUDENT ENROLLED IN AT LEAST TWELVE CREDIT HOURS
PER SEMESTER AT A COLLEGE, AS DEFINED BY SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION  SIX
HUNDRED ONE OF THE EDUCATION LAW, LOCATED IN THIS STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04314-01-1

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